SWINDON’S David Howell endured a final round to forget at the Scottish Open, which included two double bogeys.

Having made just his fourth cut of the season, the 42-year-old was well positioned heading into the weekend at one under par.

However, Howell, who has been hampered by injuries this year, struggled on the front nine on Saturday as he fell off the pace with bogeys on holes one, four, six and seven, as he went out in 38.

He was able to settle things down a bit on the back nine but finished day three at Dundonald Links on two over par.

A bogey five on hole one for the second time during the weekend set the tone for the two-time Ryder Cup winner yesterday.

Despite picking up birdies on holes five and nine, a double bogey on the par-four seventh saw Howell go out in 37.

Things fell apart for Howell on the back nine as he picked up another double bogey on the par-four 12th, before back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 were followed up with another dropped shot on the par-four 17th to see the Broome Manor pro finish the day six over par and eight over par for the tournament.

Derry Hill’s Jordan Smith fared little better as he finished on four over par, having started the day on two over.

Smith recovered from back-to-back bogeys on the opening two holes with birdies on three, six and nine to go out one under par, but bogeys on 12, 14 and 17 saw a disappointing end to proceedings for the 24-year-old.