David Howell aims to go one better

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Former Ryder Cup star David Howell is quietly confident of going one better in South Africa this week.

After finishing second in last week’s Joberg Open, in-form Howell has high hopes of securing victory in the Africa Open which starts tomorrow.

‘Howeller’ has already registered five Euroepan Tour wins and now has success number six in his sights, saying: “It suits my game and I’m in good form, so I’ve got high hopes for another positive week.

“Last week was the best I’ve played in well over a year – I hit the ball beautifully, and all departments of my game were in great shape.

“Hopefully this is a stepping stone to being up there more and more. I’m hitting the ball really nicely and swinging the club well, so I really do want to be up there.”

To walk away with the €166,058 winner’s cheque, the 39-years-old will have to become the first non-South African winner of the event, a run stretching back to 2010.

He’s happy with his draw too, adding: “I’m playing with Andy Sullivan (last week’s winner) and George Coetzee – that will be a nice TV group and it’s good to be back in the limelight. I earned that privilege from my performance last week and that’s satisfying.”

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