Double bogey at last hole costs Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm share of 8th place at Scottish Open

TOUGH ROUND: Rory McIlroy

TOUGH ROUND: Rory McIlroy

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GRAEME Storm produced some good golf to make the cut at the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open – but he could have been starting the third day near the very top of the leaderboard.

When the Hartlepool golfer arrived at the 18th tee he was on course for a top 10 placing at the final tournament before the Open Championship.

Indeed, a par at the last would have given him a second successive 70 and put him in a share of eighth spot.

Instead, Storm double bogeyed the 440-yard par four final hole and signed for a 72 for a mid-way total of 142.

The 36-year-old was one of 16 players locked on level-par, including Rory McIlroy.

Storm though will hope today he can put together a good third round and get among the leaders and the big money.

The Hartlepool Golf Club member also made a terrible start at Royal Aberdeen, double bogeying the par four opening hole.

However, his golf in between was pretty good on a day when a number of stars struggled on the windswept Scottish links.

Storm birdied the ninth and another three, at the 441-yard 14th, ensured he was back at level par for the day. It got even better when he holed his birdie putt at the par three 17th, but then came the problems at the last.

But his ‘problem’ was nothing compared to the woes of McIlroy.

Just 24 hours after a course-record 64, the Northern Irishman registered a seven-over-par 78, with six bogeys and one double bogey on his card.

There was a three-way lead at the top on 136 between Scotland’s Marc Warren, Kristoffer Broberg, of Sweden, and Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez.