Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm finishes 40th at BMW PGA Championship as Manassero wins

CHAMP: Italy's Matteo Manassero
CHAMP: Italy's Matteo Manassero
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GRAEME Storm followed his best round of the weekend with his worst as he finished the BMW Championship in a tie for 40th place.

A cheque for £24,800 at Wentworth was a nice reward for Storm at one of the European Tour’s flagship events but it could have been even better.

After a good first half of the tournament at the difficult Surrey course, Storm had one of the best rounds of Saturday, registering a three-under-par 69.

The third round, so often Storm’s Achilles heel, began badly with a bogey five at the third.

But he did not drop another stroke all day.

The 35-year-old birdied the fourth and then had three more birdies on the homeward nine, at the 10th, 11th and 17th.

It moved the Hartlepool golfer up to 21st and in great shape for the final day.

However, his round suffered a bad start with a dropped shot on the first and it got worse when he double-bogeyed the 396-yard par four seventh.

A birdie three at the 11th, for the second day in a row, lifted spirits but bogey fives at 13 and 16 put him on four over for the round.

But Storm finished with a flourish, by sinking his birdie putt at the monster 610-yard par-five 17th and then birdying the 18th too.

His two-over par 74 saw him end the four days on a one-under-par total of 287.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero became the youngest ever winner of the BMW PGA Championship as he claimed his fourth European Tour title at the age of 20 on the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off.

Manassero had battled it out with Scotland’s Marc Warren and former champion Simon Khan after they finished tied on 10 under par at Wentworth, 2010 winner Khan setting the clubhouse target after a closing 66 that no one could overtake.

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