Graeme Storm cut up by early Scottish Open exit

MISSED CUT: Graeme Storm
MISSED CUT: Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm’s run of missed cuts continued when he failed to make the final two days of the Asset Management Scottish Open.

Storm needed to shoot a low score in yesterday afternoon’s second round at Castle Stuart Links to give himself a chance of playing the whole weekend. Starting off at level par after a 72 on Thursday, Storm made a steady start by covering holes 10 to 13 in regulation.

And things got better when he birdied the par four 14th to go to one under par for the PGA European tournament.

But things went wrong when he bogeyed the next hole and he soon dropped a further shot with a bogey at the par three 17th.

Storm recovered when he birdied the 607-yard 18th to take him back to level par.

And when he birdied the sixth he gave himself a chance of squeezing inside the cut.

However, he needed a fighting finish only to end his round with two bogey fours in his last three holes at the seventh and ninth.

It meant he signed for a one-over-par 73 and fell from a tie for 101st on Thursday night to joint 121st at the halfway mark on 145 (one over).

How he must have wished he could have done a Phil Mickelson.

Just like Storm, the American legend began day two in need of something special – indeed the left-hander was one shot behind the Hartlepool golfer.

But special is just what Mickelson, shooting an eight- under-par 64 to move up the small matter of 104 places to 19th.

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