Season's best for David
Article posted: 08 July 2012
This is a big-money event and it's going to push me up the rankings a bit, so that'll boost my already-rising confidence
David Howell secured a top-five finish at the Alstrom Open de France; his best result of the season.
Howell was tied fourth on five under par after signing for a 72 in his final round at the Golf National de Paris.
"Obviously there's a tinge of disappointment that I didn't play well enough to win," said Howell, whose previous best finish this year was 12th at the Ballantine's Championship in April.
"But it's not easy around there. I got off to a tricky start but from then on I played beautifully, actually; I just couldn't hole a putt on the front nine.
"I didn't really know how I was doing until the last - I just tried to play every hole as best as I could and see how things panned out.
"The opportunites were there, the ball just didn't go in. Otherwise I would have been that much closer."
Howell was asked if he was happy with his form.
"Things have been tough for a few years but they've been on the up for a good few months now," he said. "And this was a culmination of that, really.
"I've been waiting for a good week to come along. This is a big-money event and it's going to push me up the rankings a bit, so that'll boost my already-rising confidence."
South African duo Branden Grace and George Coetzee were tied 17th on level par.
World number three Lee Westwood carded a one under 69 to finished tied 40th.
Jeev Milkha Singh and Joost Luiten were also inside the top 50.