Storm hopes for progres in golf Open

Graeme Storm tees off from the second tee during round one of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich
Graeme Storm tees off from the second tee during round one of the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich

GRAEME Storm today bids to make it through to the final two rounds in the Open at Royal St George’s having at one point shared the lead during yesterday’s opening round, WRITES CRAIG HOPE.

The 33-year-old has given himself an excellent chance of achieving his pre-Championship goal of making the cut and playing into the weekend.

Storm, who tees off at 11.42am, carded an impressive level-par score to finish in a tie for 36th place.

However, it could have been a lot better had he not bogeyed two of the last four holes.

But Storm told SportMail before the event his aim was to make the cut and another steady round today would almost certainly see that happen.

“I said before I came that I wanted to get through to the weekend,” he said.

“After that we’ll just see what happens.

“If level par finishes in the top 30 or so then I’ll be very happy.”

Storm will again play alongside former Open champion Mark Calcavecchia and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, that pair carding a one under and five over respectively.

And he admits it was a big help having the guidance of American stalwart Calcavecchia.

“It was a great experience playing with Mark and I was picking his brains a little bit,” he added.

“He talked about when he won at Troon and it was great to go around with him.”

English amateur sensation Tom Lewis and Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn were the joint overnight leaders after five- under-par 65s.

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A lot had been made in the build up to the Major of how testing the Sandwich course would prove for the golfers, but Storm says it wasn’t as tricky as he’d feared.

“The course set up was good to be honest,” he reflected.

“The fairways are fairly generous and they’re not too narrow, because obviously you’re going to get a fair bit of wind here.

“But the rough is not too severe either and the pin positions seemed to be fine.”