Golf star Graeme Storm set for new start

Graeme Storm.
Graeme Storm.

HARTLEPOOL golf ace Graeme Storm today jets out to Abu Dhabi for the start of a new season which he hopes promises more than last time around.

The 33-year-old has been at home in West Park since the final event of the 2011 European Tour in November.

He did manage to sign off on a positive note thanks to successive 15th-placed finishes at the Andalucia Masters in Spain and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

But overall Storm admits it was a disappointing campaign, epitomised by the 18th-hole collapse at The Open in July which saw him miss out on the final two rounds, despite having led the competition at one stage.

Now, though, he is feeling refreshed after seven weeks at home with his wife and two children and he can’t wait for the HSBC Golf Championship which tees off on Thursday.

“It’s been a good break for me but I’m looking forward to getting back to the tour and I’m feeling good,” he told SportMail.

“Last year was disappointing but I managed to end on a good note and that was heartening because I performed when I really needed to.

“On the back of that I’ve had some good time away from the clubs with the family but I’ve started the last few weeks to get back down to work.”

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