DAVID Howell requires a Saturday morning surge in order to make the cut at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, although it looks increasingly likely that he will be heading home from the tournament early.

Wet weather has severely hampered the latest European Tour event in Sotogrande, Spain, and Swindon star Howell is currently last of the 125 players still in action with 11 holes still to play of his second round.

The 43-year-old was restricted to only four holes in his first round on Thursday due to inclement weather and returned to the course at Real Club Valderrama on one-over on Friday morning to conclude proceedings.

However, a further seven bogeys coupled with a sole birdie meant he opened up the tournament with a seven-over 78.

After a swift turnaround, things did not get any easier in Howell’s second round as he posted three bogeys and a double in the seven holes we has able to complete before wet weather once again brought a premature halt to proceedings.

All that leaves Broome Manor man Howell on 12-over and 10 shots back of what is currently required to place inside the top 70.

No player has yet to complete two rounds and play is set to resume at 9.10am on Saturday.

Fellow Wiltshire player Laurie Canter is much better placed despite still needing to complete 10 holes of his second round.

The Cumberwell Park player opened up the tournament with a level-par round of 71 and remains even eight holes into his second round.

Englishman Ashley Chesters continues to lead the way on five-under. He posted that figure with an opening 66 in the first round on Thursday but was unable to play at all on Friday.

Marc Warren is the best placed of the players well into their second rounds, with the Scot now onto four-under after nine holes, having opened up with a two-under 69.