Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm fades in Open qualifier at Sunningdale


GRAEME Storm will have to rely on a high finish at a European Tour event to qualify for the Open Championship.

Storm suffered a frustrating day at the International Qualifying event at Sunningdale yesterday.

The Hartlepool golfer shot a 67 in the morning at the Surrey club’s new course.

His two-under-par total meant he finished the first half of the qualifier in joint second, with only fellow Englishman, Tom Lewis, ahead of him after a 66.

But, with one of nine places for next month’s Open at Muirfield in his sights, it all went horribly wrong on Sunningdale’s old course.

The afternoon round was a disaster, carding an eight-over-par 78 to finish the event on 145 in a share of 49th place.

The 35-year-old experienced an erratic morning at Sunningdale.

He bogeyed the par-four opening hole and while he birdied the third, further bogeys followed at the fifth, seventh and 10th.

It left Storm, who went into the competition on the back of a missed cut at the BMW International in Munich at the weekend, three over par.

However, the Hartlepool Golf Club member then produced an amazing run of birdies as he turned his morning around.

Storm reeled off birdies at the 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th to pull himself from the lower reaches of the field up to a share of second position.

But on the old course on the afternoon, he could not match the brilliant scoring.

He seemed to put a bogey five at the second behind him when he got a three at the par-four third.

However, he then dropped four shots in the next five holes and after the turn he bogyed the 10th and 12th with a double bogey six in between at the 11th.

In between the carnage was a birdie three at the ninth but he ended with a bogey at the 15th as he carded an eight-over-par 78.

American Brooks Koepka won with rounds of 69 and 65, one shot clear of England’s Oliver Fisher, who shot 70 and 65.

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