DAVID Howell admitted he “wasn’t quite on it” throughout his frustrating campaign at the Omega Masters in Switzerland this week.
After a storming start, which saw him five-under through his first nine holes, the Broome Manor pro slipped back and had to be content with a finish outside the top 40 despite going under par in each of his four rounds.
The Swindon player conceded the four double bogeys he suffered throughout the week cost him the chance of a good finish, in what was ultimately a frustrating 72 holes.
“It was a bit frustrating really, I was five-under through the first nine holes and then to finish the week at only five under is a little disappointing,” he told Link Sport.
“It was an up-and-down week in many ways and four double bogeys did a lot of the damage. I was poor around the greens and I wasn’t quite on it on a fiddly course but it’s disappointing to finish so far down after those first nine holes.
“They were just a serene wander round, cruising, but the poor finish to the first round and the poor start to the second set the tone in the end rather than the five early birdies."
Howell finished off with a two-under par final round today, which he admitted could have been better had he not again struggled on the 14th before missing a regulation putt to pick up another shot at 16.
“I played the 14th particularly badly this week, I was five-over for it which you can’t afford to do, and I had a bogey there again today before bouncing back with an eagle at 15.
“After that I had a golden opportunity to bounce back at the next hole but I missed a four-footer, which is rare for me nowadays, which was a real shame.
“I was really into it but I couldn’t quite manage the top 40 finish you look for.”
Next up is the KLM Open in the Netherlands which begins on Thursday.