Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm out of BMW International in Munich


GRAEME Storm is out of the BMW International Open in Munich.

The Hartlepool golfer was always facing an uphill task to qualify for the business end of the European Tour event when he shot a first-round 74 in southern Germany.

Storm needed to shoot a low score yesterday at Golfclub München Eichenried in his second round and despite carding a one-under-par 71, his halfway total of 145 (one over) was three strokes shy of the cut line.

The damage had been done on the closing stretch of the first day when he dropped five strokes in the last five holes.

Storm had been three under par through 13 holes after five birdies and two bogeys but then it all went horribly wrong.

The 35-year-old dropped a shot at the par-four 14th before taking a triple bogey at the 16th and another bogey at the 17th.

Storm’s second round also began with a bogey, at the 10th, but he recovered with birdies at the 11th, 18th, second and fourth holes.

He had two more bogeys on his card, the 16th and fifth, and his 71 was not enough.

At the top of the tree, first-day sensation Ernie Els slowed down yesterday, but stay in front.

The South African had opened with a brilliant 63, but found the going tougher as he ground out a three under par 69 on day two.

That took the Open Champion to 12 under par, one clear of England’s Matthew Baldwin and France’s Alexander Levy.