Graeme Storm desperate to improve Tour form ahead of French Open

Graeme Storm tee's off the 17th during day four of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, Newport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story GOLF Wales. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Graeme Storm tee's off the 17th during day four of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, Newport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story GOLF Wales. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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GRAEME Storm admits that his form needs to improve if he is to guarantee his place on next season’s European Tour.

The Hartlepool golfer has failed to make the cut in his last two Tour events and withdrew from last week’s British Open qualifier at Sunningdale following a disappointing opening round.

He had hoped to bounce back just days later at the Irish Open but, despite an impressive three-under par on the first day, he dropped a shot on the final hole of the second round, seeing him slip one stroke below the cut line.

That has left Storm in 92nd position in the Tour rankings after 16 events.

Tomorrow, though, the 34-year-old returns to the scene of his greatest Tour triumph.

It was back in 2007 that he took the French Open title in Paris to land nearly £500,000 in prize money.

He has finished in 11th place at Le Golf National in the past two years and the venue has been his most lucrative on the golfing circuit.

And how Storm could do with another strong showing over the coming days, as he told SportMail: “The summer hasn’t been great for me these past couple of months.

“I need to pick up again because I want to keep my card, I admit that has entered my mind these past few weeks.

“I’m just scraping through at the moment.

“But I always go to the French Open in positive mood.

“It’s one of my favourite events for obvious reasons.

“I know I can perform there and I’ve got a great record there.

“I always enjoy it and I need a good performance this weekend.”