Hartlepool's Graeme Storm relishing '˜home' British Masters challenge, but plays down expectations

Graeme Storm has played down expectations ahead of the British Masters, which starts at Close House today.

Thursday, 28th September 2017, 2:41 pm
Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm.

Despite the Northumberland course being on the Hartlepool golfer’s doorstep, he admits he should not be considered one of the championship favourites.

His reasoning is simple - he’s not played the course half as many times as the public may think.

“People keep saying to me that they expect me to do well, because I must know the course like the back of my hand,” said Storm.

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“That’s definitely not the case.
“The truth is the course might only be 45 minutes away but it is not somewhere I have played all that often.

“People might take one look and think ‘he’s from the North East, so should do well there’.

“While I hope to perform in the tournament to the best of my ability I am not saying I am one of the favourites or will be challenging.

“There is an outstanding field, made even better with the likes of Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy playing, which is a brilliant spectacle for golf fans of the North East.”

He might not see himself as one of the favourites, but there are some positives to having a tournament take place just around the corner.

“It is great not to have to jump on a plane this time. All I have to do is roll out of bed,” joked Storm, who despite his re-emergence with a win in the SA Open in January this year, still lives with his family in Hartlepool.

“All I can do is hope to play well and we will see where that takes me. I am hoping for a good weekend.”

Storm is coming off the back of a positive result in his last outing.

The 39-year-old finished joint third in the Portugal Masters recently, shooting a four-round -15 for a share of the spoils.

And he hopes to take confidence from that performance, and covert that into a solid show at Close House.

“After six or seven weeks injured it was a really positive result,” he said.

“Hopefully I can reproduce that.”