Can Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm gatecrash Ryder Cup party at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship?

EASY RYDER: Europe's Jamie Donaldson (left) and Rory McIlroy celebrate after Europe win the Ryder Cup
EASY RYDER: Europe's Jamie Donaldson (left) and Rory McIlroy celebrate after Europe win the Ryder Cup

GRAEME Storm will be looking to gatecrash a European Ryder Cup party in Scotland this week.

After the stunning 16½-11½ success over the USA at Gleneagles, golf will try to return to normality at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

European heroes Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher are all line up to play in the tournament staged at three Scottish courses.

Victorious captain Paul McGinlay is also in the field at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in a unique event where players from sports, showbiz and the business world get to play alongside the golfers.

And the focus will remain on Scotland due to the inclusion of the Ryder stars.

Storm will congratulate the men he’s spent years alongside on the European Tour but he knows they could also be the men to beat at the top of the leaderboard.

The Hartlepool golfer will be hoping to continue his late season push to try to get into Europe’s top 60 and qualify for the Dubai World Championship at the end of November.

“It’s great to be playing up in Scotland this week,” Storm told SportMail.

“There is going to be a big buzz at the tournament given the Ryder Cup is still in everyone’s minds.

“Obviously the European lads will come into it in good form, which will make it a difficult tournament for the rest of us.

“I suspect the party will have carried on a day or two and you never know what the pressure and emotion of the Ryder Cup will have taken out of them.

“But those lads are in form and you look at someone like Rory who is so good and professional that you know he’ll be up there.

“From my point of view, I’m playing pretty well and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve played some good golf over the last month and I just want to keep it going.”

Storm will not get the chance to congratulate match-clincher Jamie Donaldson with the Welshman not due to compete in the links championship.

Donaldson’s best wedge shot of his life, at the 15th, sealed his 4&3 win over Keegan Bradley to seal the deal on his Ryder Cup debut.

“I was over the moon for Jamie,” said Storm. “He’s a mate of mine.

“I’m so happy it came down to his shot and his win.

“I’ve seen him play great for such a long time and I was paired with him on the last day of the Wales Open the week before.

“I had no doubt that he would produce the goods.

“For him at the age of 38 to come through in the last couple of years and play his way onto the team and then cap it off by being the match winner was something special.

“He has shown the opportunities are there for those who are not the superstars.

“In fact, all the rookies on both teams did well which is good for the Ryder Cup because they are the future of the match.”

Singer Ronan Keating is another absent friend this week.

Storm regularly teamed up with the Boyzone crooner at the Alfred Dunhill Links in previous years though not this time.

“I’ve played alongside Ronan for a few years which has been great,” said Storm.

“But he’s judging on the Australian X-Factor now so I won’t find out who I’m paired with until I get there.”