Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm drops down in Lyoness Open

66, 74, 71: Graeme Storm's rounds at the Lyoness Open
66, 74, 71: Graeme Storm's rounds at the Lyoness Open

GRAEME Storm faces some work to do to get back in contention for the top prizes at the Lyoness Open in Austria.

After a brilliant first day in Atzenbrugg, where he shot a 66, the second round saw the Hartlepool golf star return to earth with a bit of a bump and today ended badly after a promising start.

One of Friday’s later starters, Storm could only card a two-over-par 74 to fall 21 places on the leaderboard, slipping from a share of third place to finish the day in a tie for 24th on 140 (four under par).

Storm did not get into any sort of rhythm at the Diamond Country Club.

Teeing off at the 10th yesterday, he dropped two shots on his opening nine holes, a six at the 13th being followed by a five at the par four 16th.

Storm also suffered a bogey at the par four first hole but he did pull one birdie back at the par-four third.

With no further birdies he ended the day with a 74 to be one of 11 players on four-under-par.

Today he looked on course for a sub-70 score only to bogey the last two holes.

Storm was going well in round three, often his Achilles heel at competitions, with birdie fours at the 16th and 13th and a three at the 16th took him to three under for the day and seven under for the tournament.

But bogeys at 17 and 18 saw him card a one-under-par 71 to be five under in 29th place for the Lyoness Open with a day to go.