Finishing one stroke ahead of Rory McIroy would usually mean one thing for a golfer – success.
But that ‘feat’ was no cause for wild celebrations for Graeme Storm at the end of the first day of the Irish Open.
McIlroy faces the prospect of leaving the Newcastle course without a penny unless he pulls a magic round out of the bag today
Storm had a day to forget at Royal County Down, where he carded an eight-over-par 79.
But it was even worse for McIlroy as the Irishman who was one stroke worse off after an 80.
The world number one had promised to donate his prize money this weekend to his charity, the Rory Foundation, the event carrying a winner’s cheque of £294,000.
However, McIlroy faces the prospect of leaving the Newcastle course without a penny unless he pulls a magic round out of the bag today.
The 26-year-old had nine bogeys and not a single birdie on his card as he finished day one in 150th position.
Just one shot and eight places better off was Storm.
The last time the Hartlepool golfer was on the famous Northern Ireland links he was walking away with the Amateur Championship after a crushing 7&6 triumph.
But yesterday proved a torrid day for the 37-year-old. It all began so calmly with five straight pars. But it all began to go horribly wrong at the 15th, the first of four bogeys in a row.
Storm appeared to have recovered when he birdied the 539-yard first but a double bogey six at the 444-yard second moved him out to five over.
Further bogeys followed at four, five and seven as he signed for a 79.
Seven days ago, Storm recovered from a first round 78 at the BMW Championship at Wentworth with a 64 and may need another hot day to avoid missing the cut.
It was a tough day for all the players, with only 13 breaking par, including joint leaders, Padraig Harrington and German Max Kieffer who carded four-under-par 67s.