Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm maintains love affair with Paris

FORMER KING OF FRANCE: Graeme Storm

FORMER KING OF FRANCE: Graeme Storm

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GRAEME Storm will today be looking to reignite his love affair with Le Golf National.

The Hartlepool golfer flirted with one of his favourite courses yesterday at the Open de France.

Winner of the French Open in 2007, Storm started his first round as though he was looking to regain the impressive trophy.

After a flying start, Storm was up in third place at one point but in the end had to settle for a one-under-par 70 as he finished the first day in a tie for 26th.

Given the 35-year-old’s liking for the Paris venue, he will not be too concerned about his position going into the second round.

Storm was straight out of the starting blocks yesterday, sinking his putt for an eagle at the 563-yard par five third hole.

With confidence up, he helped himself to another three at the fourth - this time just a birdie - and further birdie at the sixth saw him go to three under.

After a par at the eighth, he was right up at the top of the leaderboard in equal third spot, just a coouple of strokes behind leader Anders Hansen.

Storm suffered the first dropped shot on his card at the ninth, but even after that he was still fourth.

After the turn, the Hartlepool golfer was Mr consistency, reeling off seven straight pars.

But just as he approached the finish line, he stumbled in the final difficult holes, suffering bogey fives at the ultra-menacing 17th and 18th.

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