GRAEME Storm goes into today’s Nordea Masters on the back of the “most erratic round” of his professional career.
The Hartlepool golfer finished 69th at Celtic Manor’s Welsh Open last week having carded the best round of the field on the second day, only to record an 80 in round three, the worst score of the day.
But for two disastrous holes Storm would have been competing at the top of the leaderboard, and the 34-year-old told SportMail there was enough to give him confidence ahead of today’s first round in Sweden.
“Last week was incredible really – the two rounds were just extraordinary,” said Storm.
“It was just so disappointing because I was playing well enough.
“It was just two holes which cost me and frustration set in.
“I made a couple of bad mistakes and was punished for them.
“I thought that was a bit unfair, but I haven’t played like that since I was a young amateur and it was an erratic round.
“But the positives are there and I’m looking forward to getting back out and building on those.”
Indeed, Storm has been in good form of late and a seventh-placed finish at last month’s Spanish Open was his best of the season so far.
The competition in Sweden will be tough with Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia among the favourites.
And Storm admits he isn’t too familiar with the Stockholm course.
“I’ve only played in this once before,” he said.
“It’s another course like Celtic Manor with some difficult holes and you’ve got to be careful not to shoot big scores.
“But I’ve got to cut out those errors and just be patient.
“If I keep my head right and work on the positives then I’ll be okay.
“I’ve been in decent form these past couple of months so I’m happy with how things are going.”
This week’s championship tees off a day earlier than the normal European Tour events to allow extra time for competitors ahead of next week’s US Open.
Storm will have next week off before entering the busiest period of his season ahead of this summer’s British Open.