Golf star Graeme Storm shows Dutch of class in KLM Open

IN THE LEAD: Graeme Storm
IN THE LEAD: Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm showed a ‘Dutch of class’ to extend his lead in the KLM Open.

The Hartlepool golfer followed up his birdie blitz on day one in the Netherlands with a less spectacular, but equally effective four-under-par 66 yesterday.

After his Hilversum course record 63 on Thursday it gave the 34-year-old a half-way total of 129, an excellent 11 under par.

Storm, who has yet to drop a shot around the North Holland course, picked up just one stroke on the front nine at the 413-yard fourth.

But he added two further birdies at the par-four 11th, 210-yard 15th and the last to retain the clubhouse lead over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Peter Hanson and Scott Jamieson.

It wasn’t just the birdies which caught the eye – he had a brilliant up and down from over 100 yards on the 14th, when he was in danger of suffering his first dropped shot, while he got down in two when he putted from off the green at the last.

Storm will be in the final group out this afternoon with Castano and Ryder Cup international Peter Hanson.

The Poolie is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He may be leading by three strokes and in charge of the PGA European event but his goal is a good finish and winning a few euros in his bid to keep his tour card for 2013.

“Every day it has been [on my mind] for the last three months,” Storm said.

“It is a big struggle missing so many cuts.

“I played nicely last week [en route to a share of 41st place in the Omega European Masters] and I was hoping to bring it here.

“At the moment I am and I just hope it continues.”

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