Graeme Storm enjoys steady weekend at Irish open in Cork

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm finished in a tie for 33rd place in the Irish Open after a steady weekend in Cork.

The Hartlepool golfer had been as high as joint ninth at one stage on Friday to qualify comfortably for the final two rounds.

But the 36-year-old could not kick on during Saturday or Sunday at Fota Island, carding scores of 70 and 71 to end on 280, four under par.

He was in good company - defending champion and former international team-mate, Paul Casey, was also on the same mark.

Storm was Mr Consistency on Saturday, playing the first 16 holes in regulation before birding the par three 17th for the third day in a row on his way to a one-under-par 70.

Yesterday was a mixed bag, recording four birdies only to drop the same number of strokes.

He was going well on the front nine after birdies at the fourth, sixth and ninth, with a five at the eighth his only bogey.

A double bogey at the 168-yard par three 11th then brought him back to level par for the day.

A birdie three at the 16th put him on course for back-to-back 70s, only for a bogey at the 18th to ruin hopes of four successive sub-par rounds.

Mikko Ilonen celebrated his 300th European Tour event by clinching the title on 271 (13 under par).

The Finn never looked back after breaking the Fota Island course record with a 64 on Thursday, but he was forced to hold off a good last-day challenge from Edoardo Molinari, who carded a 67.

The Italian was second on 272, one shot ahead of Sweden’s Kristoffer Broburg and English pair Danny Willett and Matt Baldwin.