YOU can take the boy out of Hartlepool.
But you can’t take the Poolie out of the boy.
Graeme Storm produced one of the rounds of his life yesterday at the Wales Open, just 24 hours after the nightmare of one of his worst.
Fighting Storm showed great skill, and amazing reserves of character, to card a four-under-par 67 – one of the best rounds of the day at the challenging Celtic Manor course.
It followed on from a first-day 80 at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue, where he dropped 11 shots on the back nine.
But how he fought back yesterday with a blemish-free 18 holes, moving him up an amazing 66 places from 129th to ties 63rd on five over par.
Incredibly for the gifted 33-year-old his mid-point total of 147 was enough to keep him in South Wales for the final two rounds – just edging inside the cut by one stroke.
Storm produced some excellent golf yesterday.
Starting at the first hole, Storm was quickly into his rhythm with back-to-back birdies.
He holed his putt for a two at the short 189-yard third and then followed that up with a three at the 461-yard fourth.
Storm then played it steady and, for the second day running, covered the front nine in 34 (two under par).
He continued his good form by birdying the par five 11th and then got a three at the short par four 15th. After the disaster of his quintuple bogey 10 at the 18th on Thursday, Storm could have been excused a few butterflies at the last yesterday but there were no mishaps and he parred the hole to sign for his 67.
As one of the morning starters, the Hartlepool golfer then faced a long wait to see if his efforts would earn him a place at the Celtic Manor for the whole weekend.
Amazingly it had and he will go into his third round looking to carry on where he left off yesterday.
At the top of the leaderboard, Ross Fisher went one better than Storm, carding a 66 to take the lead on six under par.