GRAEME Storm has boosted his hopes of keeping his place among European golf’s elite with another great round at the Omega European Masters.
The Hartlepool golfer ended the second day as he had the first – in a share of the third place.
Storm followed Thursday’s 64 in the Swiss Alps with another good round on Friday, a four-under-par 66.
It meant he reached the half-way stage at Crans Montana on 10 under par, two shots off leader Richie Ramsay.
Storm is well placed on 130 alongside American Brooks Koepka, who shot a second successive 65.
The pair are a stroke behind new Ryder Cup cap Jamie Donaldson who is second to joint overnight Ramsay.
The Scot was in blistering form on Thursday with a 62 but had to be content with ‘only’ a 66 on Friday.
Fellow overnight leader Edoardo Molinari dropped to equal eighth after a 70 on Friday.
For Storm it was another good day following a brilliant opening round.
Storm had eight birdies on day one (and two bogeys) while today he had five red figures on his card (the first, third, seventh, ninth and 15th) with just one blemish, the par four fourth.
It keeps him nicely in contention at the top of the leaderboard.
Storm needs some serious money to pull himself up European Tour’s ‘league table’ and get into the top 110.
In golf, success is measured in prize money and Storm has collected just under £62,000 so far in 2014 to be languishing in 159th spot.
There is a £74,000 gap to the player in 110th position, Matthew Nixon, but one big result could put Storm back in business.
The total prize pot in Switzerland is a whopping £1.8 million so the 36-year-old has given himself the perfect chance.
Granted, there are still two rounds to play at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, but the Poolie will be delighted to be in contention.