Graeme Storm enjoys steady third round at China Open

Graeme Storm has enjoyed a great start to the Volvo China Open.

Graeme Storm has enjoyed a great start to the Volvo China Open.

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A STEADY round of par has kept Graeme Storm in the mid division of the China Open following the third day’s play.

The 34-year-old made it through to the weekend’s play thanks to an impressive first-round score of five-under on Thursday.

But yesterday’s round of three-over, including two double bogeys, scuppered his chances of challenging the leaders.

However, he’ll be cheered by today’s consistent return, leaving him in a tie of 58th place on the leaderboard.

The day started well with a birdie on the par-four first and by the time he reached the fifth hole – where he had picked up a shot on the previous two days – Storm was back in contention.

But bogey, rather than birdie, halted his momentum and he slipped back into the middle of the field.

Another birdie on the sixth renewed hope, but two dropped shots on the ninth and 13th put Storm at one-over for his round.

He did, however, end on a high, taking just three shots to hole on the par-four 17th to return a par score.

That leaves Storm on two-under for the championship.

South Africa’s Branden Grace was leading the field on 15-under par.