Howell shines in Perth
Article posted: 19 October 2012
I was off and running really nicely, which is what you want to do on your early morning start with perfect greens
David Howell is nestled inside the ISPS Handa Perth International top-ten after firing a bogey-free four under par 68 in his second round.
Howell, who birdied four of his first six holes, is tied eighth at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on five under, six shots off the lead.
"I got off to a lovely start," said Howell. "I was off and running really nicely, which is what you want to do on your early morning start with perfect greens. Then I played very nicely after that, but finished with whatever it was, 13 pars or something."
Howell is targeting a top-five finish in Australia, which would move him into a qualifying position for the DP World Tour Championship, which is limited to the top 60 golfers on the European Tour.
"I have been working really hard to make the top 60 and I've played really consistently the last two or three months without any particularly good finishes," said Howell. "I'm going to have to have at least one good one if I'm going to make it, so hopefully I’ll have a crack at it at the weekend.
"I live five miles from the course in Dubai, and I've missed out the last few years, which is a bit frustrating. So it’s all hands on deck to try and make it. I felt for a few weeks now that I'm due another good finish. It's hard to win out here obviously but in position to do so after two rounds."
Elsewhere, Rika Batibasaga is tied 41st on level par after carding a one under 71. Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Baldwin, who finished two and one under respectively, also made it to the weekend.
Simon Wakefield is seven under, two shots clear at the Copenhagen Challenge after carding a fine five under 66 in his second round.
"I made a great start and hit some very good shots out there," said Wakefield, who is joined in the top ten by ISM stablemate Espen Kofstad. "I made a crucial putt for par on the 13th – my fourth – which really kept me going.
"The last few weeks I’ve hit some great shots and great putts which haven’t gone in, so today was wonderful to have a little change of luck."
Matthex Nixon, Alexandre Kaleka and Peter Uihlein also made the cut.