Hartlepool golfer Graeme Storm takes huge step forward after BMW PGA Championship

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

Graeme Storm will leave England for Ireland today with not just his bank balance boosted.

Storm picked up a cheque for £38,028 after finising in a five-way share of 22nd place at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

But it’s not just about the money for Storm. In golf, a player’s position in the Order of Merit, or The Race to Dubai as it’s now known, is determined by how much prizemoney he wins.

Storm began the first big tournament in the UK this season down in 199th place in the table.

But that 38 grand has lifted him a massive 68 places to 131 going into the Irish Open on Thursday.

His hopes of retaining his European Tour card have been seriously improved but it will be the rise in confidence which could prove the biggest factor.

After starting with a disastrous 78 on Thursday, Storm came back with rounds of 64, 70 and 71 to finish in a very creditable 22nd on 283 (five under par).

It was his best finish on the famous Surrey course and a clear indication that, with the input of new coach Jamie Gough, he is beginning to turn the corner.

The great escape he talked about last week in SportMail looks on. After his second round 64, he played well again on Saturday, sinking an eagle and two birdies in a two-under-par 70.

Yesterday was a bit of a mixed bag, with four birdies and three birdies, but it was still good enough for his third successive round under par.

It did not begin well with a bogey at the third but he picked up three birdies in four holes with red digits at the fourth, sixth and seventh.

He bogeyed the 13th and 17th holesbut he fionished with a flourish with a birdie four at the last to sign for a one-under-par 71.

Star of the day was Korea’s Byeong Hun who carded a final round of 65 to finish on a record winning mark of 21 under par to finish six ahead of veterans Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee.