GRAEME Storm will need to win tomorrow’s Scottish Open if he is to qualify for next week’s British Open – but the golf star admits the Race to Dubai is now his main aim.
The 35-year-old produced a season-best performance at the weekend when he finished in a share of third spot at the French Open, securing his place on the European Tour for next season.
Sadly, for Storm, it wasn’t enough to win a place at Muirfield next week and he will now have to emerge triumphant from a field including Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els if he is to line up at the showcase championship.
But the former British amateur champion says his focus is now on a top-60 finish in the Order of Merit and so qualification for the lucrative Race to Dubai.
“France was brilliant, I played good golf all week, I was relaxed and I enjoyed myself,” Storm told SportMail.
“I’ll still have to win in Scotland this week if I’m going to make The Open.
“That will be extremely tough and, to be honest, I’ll be happy with another decent finish.
“It’s not a course I’ve got on well with in the past but I go there playing good golf.
“I feel like I can compete at the top of the field for the first time in a long time.
“But my aim now is the Race to Dubai.
“I’m back in the top 60 in the Order of Merit and, I don’t just want to stay there, I want to kick on from 58th and get as high as possible.”
And Storm says it is a relief to have renewed his Tour card for next year.
“That takes pressure off,” he went on.
“If you go a few tournaments without making a cut then it can play on your mind, and of course it means you’re not bringing in any prize money.
“For the first time in a lot of seasons I can now relax and concentrate on the Race to Dubai.
“I’ll be hoping to threaten at the top of the leaderboard in the events which remain and finish the season on a high.”