Graeme Storm hopes for points at BMW International Open

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm is looking to turn promise into points when he competes in the BMW International Open.

Storm is in Germany for the lucrative European Tour event near Cologne.

The 36-year-old finds himself down in 154th place on the Race to Dubai, European golf’s league table.

There is still a long way to go in the season but Storm admits some success over the next few weeks would boost his chances of climbing the rankings and retaining his place on the Tour for 2015.

“The BMW is a big tournament and we have come into a period of a lot of big events,” said the Hartlepool golfer.

“After the BMW it’s the French and Scottish Opens and then the Open, which I’d like to qualify for.

“I’ve normally played a bit better around this time of the season and, fingers crossed, hopefully something happens for me over the next few weeks.”

Storm has arrived at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof buoyed by a “solid” performance at the Irish Open last weekend.

The former Great Britain international finished in a tie for 33rd place at Fota Island.

Storm had been as high as ninth at one stage on Friday but could not build on this and carded scores of 70 and 71 on Saturday and Sunday to end on four under par.

However, there was promise for Storm – no rounds over par and plenty of good golf, including 14 birdies.

Previously, Storm had one good round at the US Open and displayed some good tee to green play at the BMW PGA Championshuip at Wentworth.

“I will look to carry the positives last weekend in Ireland into the BMW,” Storm told SportMail.

“It was a lot better than of late and I came away with four solid rounds.

“I played very well off the tee – my driving was fantastic but I could not capitalise.

“I did all right but didn’t manage to do what I’d hoped.

“Obviously my main goal now is to win enough points to retain my Tour card.

“There are some big tournaments now and hopefully I can get some good results.”

The field in the scenic Rhineland region of Germany will be headed by World Number Two Henrik Stenson and the new US Open champion and home favourite, Martin Kaymer.

Storm’s work in Germany this week means that he will miss the chance of being a spectator at the Brabazon Chamopionship at Seaton Carew.

England Golf have brought the nation’s strokeplay tournament to the Tees Road course for the first time in 30 years.

Seaton holds happy memories for Storm - as a teenager he won the prestigious Carris Trophy there in 1996, beating Justin Rose to the title.

“It’s great for Seaton Carew Golf Club,” Storm said.

“The last major event there I think was the Carris so it’s great for the club they are staging this.

“The Brabazon is one of the elite tournaments in the England Golf’s calender and it’s a great event.

“For people from around our area, it’s a great chance to see some quality golf.”

Storm says he would not like to pick a winner or estimate the winning score around the famous links.

“If the weather is not too bad then you could see someone tear the course apart,” he said.

“But if the wind blows, you could see any kind of numbers.”