Howell takes the lead as Monty starts a new life

FOREST OF ARDEN (England): England’s David Howell found himself the first round leader of the British Masters here yesterday thanks to a sparkling six-under 66.  

It put the 29-year-old one shot ahead of a chasing pack made up of Scotland’s Andrew Coltart, Kenneth Ferrie, Trevor Immelman, Michael Campbell and Argentine veteran Eduard Romero. 

It was a flawless round, Howell going out in three-under and coming home in three-under and not a bogey in sight.  

“A very good round of golf,” smiled Howell. “It’s a great start. It’s a massive tournament to win and that would be great come Sunday.”  

Howell might have been top of the leaderboard but most of the interest was in Colin Montgomerie, making his first outing since the US Masters and the announcement that he and his wife were to divorce.  

The Scot turned up at the course less than an hour before teeing off – keen to keep as much distance between himself and the British tabloid media determined to chart his every move.  

The 40-year-old finished with a level par-72 and said he was delighted. 

“It was a very important day. It is a new start today. It’s all very raw and very new but I’m glad I am here,” said Montgomerie. – AFP 

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