French test next for golf star Storm

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm will head to Paris this week hoping for an action replay of his greatest golfing moment.

The 33-year-old will be hoping to regain the French Open – the only PGA European Tour trophy he has lifted, back in the summer of 2007.

Storm though will journey to the French capital frustrated that he is not going there with a second Tour title in his collection.

The Hartlepool Golf Club member had put himself in with a tremendous chance of winning the BMW International in Munich, only to suffer a disastrous final day in southern Germany.

Storm had gone into the last round on 11 under par and was just three strokes off the lead.

But the gifted Poolie produced his worst round of the event, a three-over-par 75 to slip from seventh to a final place of 24th.

Storm ended up eight strokes behind Pablo Larrazabal and Sergio Garcia who finished level on 16 under par.

Marathon man Larrazabal beat his fellow Spaniard at the fifth play-off hole to capture his second European Tour title.

The 28-year-old’s victory came only 20 days after he lost at the sixth hole of sudden death in an Open Championship qualifier at Sunningdale.

Now Larrazabal will be going to Sandwich after all – and so will Garcia, whose runner-up finish earned him the other spot up for grabs off a “current form” mini money list.

After two years in which he has slumped from second in the world to outside the top 80, Garcia began his revival by coming seventh in the US Open a week ago.

But, after making a birdie on the 72nd to force extra holes, he lost when he three-putted the same green an hour later.

It would have been his first success since November 2008, but Larrazabal has to go back five months longer for his previous win at the French Open.

There was also sadness attached to this one, however.

“Last week we lost my grandad, the captain of the family, and this is for him,” he said.

“Beating one of my heroes when I was growing up is just a dream – very emotional.”

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