Graeme Storms back to form with Hartlepool United great escape at BMW PGA at Wentworth

Graeme Storm in action on day two of the BMW PGA Championship at  Wentworth
Graeme Storm in action on day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

From zero to hero. That was the story of the sensational second day at the BMW PGA Championship for Graeme Storm.

The Hartlepool golfer shot a stunning eight-under-par 64 to move an incredible 107 places up the leaderboard at Wentworth yesterday.

In an interview with SportMail this week, Storm said he had been inspired by the great escape by his beloved Hartlepool United under Ronnie Moore.

In an interview with SportMail this week, Storm said he had been inspired by the great escape by his beloved Hartlepool United under Ronnie Moore.

And yesterday, the 37-year-old came back from the dead in Surrey with the joint best round of the day.

Storm looked dead and buried on Thursday after a six-over-par 78, dropping eight strokes and sinking just two birdies.

But what a difference a day makes as he came back with NINE birdies (including six in a row) and just one bogey yesterday to not only make the cut but be up in a share of 24th place.

Storm put Thursday behind him in some style.

After being out in 41 on the first afternoon, he covered the same nine holes in 33.

He birdied the 552-yard par five fourth and when he bogeyed the sixth, part of the Hartlepool Golf Club member must have thought ‘oh no, not again’.

But then came one of the most electrifying passages of his golfing career.

After struggling on the par fours on Thursday, he birdied the seventh to go to one under for the day and six over for the competition.

His birdie blitz began on the ninth and ended on the 14th as he went 3-2-3-4-3-2, an amazing sequence which got him to level par.

Storm seemed to take a breather by completing 15 and 16 in regulation, but he was not finished. He birdied the monster 610-yard 17th and a par at the 18th meant he left to the applause from the grandstands at the 18th with a 64.

It left him at a mid-way total of 142 (two under par) and in an 11-way tie of 24th.

At the top, first-round leader Francesco Molinari recovered from bogeying two of the first three holes by sinking five birdies including two on the final two holes to retain top spot in 134 (10 under).

South Korea’s Byeong Hun An equalled Storm’s 64 late in the day to move just one shot behind Molinari.

Argentina’s Emilio Grillo almost matched the scoring of Storm and his 65 moved him up 21 places to second, just two shots adrift.

But it was not such a good day for Rory McIlroy, whose defence of his title. is over. The world number one shot a six over par 78 to miss the cut.