Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm in contention at Nordea Masters

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Graeme Storm is in contention for his second title of the 2017 European Tour season.

The Hartlepool golfer started the third day of the Nordea Masters in Sweden just three strokes behind leader Jamie Donaldson.

I played really nice, holed a few nice putts and just got it going


Storm will not begrudge his good friend holding pole position in Malmo, for the time being, and would love to win another tournament.

The 39-year-old, who beat world number two Rory McIlroy in a play-off for the South African Open in January, carded a second round of 68 at Barseback Golf & Country Club yesterday to soar up the leaderboard on five under par.

“I’m delighted,” Storm said after a round containing seven birdies and two bogeys.

“I played really nice, holed a few nice putts and just got it going.

“When I walked the course on Wednesday it was really windy while they were out there in the pro-am and it looked really tough.

“I played nice yesterday and managed to get round in level par and then played great today.

“We’ll wait and see what the weekend brings.

“I’ll do what I did in South Africa.

“I didn’t look at the leaderboards there, just play my own game, keep the ball in play as best I can and give myself as many chances as possible.

“Hitting the fairways is really important around here to give yourself those chances.

“Not only do you have to be in the fairway, you have to be in the right sides of the fairway as well.

“I just missed the fairway at the first and was stuck behind the trees.”

Storm shared the clubhouse lead for a long spell with compatriot Max Orrin on five under par before Donaldson carded his second consecutive 69.

Orrin, who secured a rookie season on the European Tour via the qualifying school, had shared the overnight lead with Italy’s Renato Paratore but could only add a 73 to his opening 68.

Paratore signed for a one-under-par 72 to be six-under, two shots behind Donaldson.