Graeme Storm hoping for better luck at Wentworth

Graeme Storm was left wondering what might have been in South Korea.
Graeme Storm was left wondering what might have been in South Korea.

GRAEME Storm tees off at the prestigious PGA Championship tomorrow hoping for better luck than in recent years at the Wentworth venue.

The Hartlepool golfer has never returned a below-par score at the European Tour’s flagship event and his best-ever finish came last year when an eight-over secured him 50th spot.

Before that he hadn’t made the cut since 2006, and Storm admits it hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds.

“It’s not been the greatest place for me, I must admit,” the 34-year-old told SportMail today.

“I’ve never done well around there and last year was my best yet.

“It’s a testing course but I’m looking forward to it this time around because I’m in good form at the moment.”

Indeed, Storm goes into tomorrow’s first round on the back of a season’s best finish of seventh at the Spanish Open earlier this month.

But the competition at Wentworth will be tough with no fewer than 15 former Major winners set to be involved.

Storm, though, believes he is capable of challenging at the top end of the leaderboard.

“It’s a strong field, yes, but of those Major winners perhaps only six of them still compete at the very top,” he went on.

“The likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will obviously be fancied and they should do well, so if my name is up there among them then I’ll be pleased.

“I’m very happy with my game right now.

“Everything is going straight and that’s a good place to be going into a very important eight or nine weeks.

“If I do well at Wentworth then I’ll try for the US Open qualifier, but I’ve got to play well this weekend to do that.”

McIllroy, Donald and Westwood currently occupy the one-two-three in the world rankings.

They have all taken on the No.1 mantle over the past 19 months, with McIlroy the current incumbent.

Donald shot down Westwood in a sudden-death play-off at Wentworth 12 months ago to take the top spot, which he held onto for 40 weeks.

Donald will be certain of a return to the top of the pile if he can defend his title this week, while a Westwood victory would take him to within touching distance of US Open champion McIlroy, who will be hoping to improve upon his career-best finish of fifth place in 2009.