Storm aims to repeat French Open success

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm sees no reason why he cannot repeat his French Open success – but the golf star is hoping the weather takes a turn for the worse.

It was back in 2007 that he carded a seven-under par to land his sole European Tour title at Le Golf National in Paris.

Storm has since failed to make the cut at the event on just one occasion and admits the course plays very much to his strengths.

So much so, the 35-year-old believes that adverse conditions could well improve his chances when the tournaments tees off on Thursday.

“The tougher the course plays the better it is for me,” he told SportMail, “If the conditions aren’t great then that might actually be to my advantage.

“I tend to hit it not that far off line and I’ve been doing that consistently all season.

“So if the scoring isn’t too low then I think I could be in the hunt.

“Of course there’s the feel-good factor with playing there as well and it’s one of the events I look forward to the most.

“The course has happy memories for me and I always seem to do well.

“I can see certain shots there and know how to play it.”

Storm goes into the championship on the back of a 32nd-placed finish at the Irish Open.

He was inside the top-10 of the leaderboard over the course of the weekend before falling away following a third round of 74.

Overall, though, he was satisfied with his return.

“I’m playing well and I have been for most of the year,” he went on.

“I still need to cut out the mistakes on the greens though.

“That has been costing me a little bit and it did at the weekend.

“But for some better putting I could have been about three shots better off.

“That gives me something to work towards and if that side of my game improves then I could go close this week.

“I would be delighted with a top-10 finish but I’ll be aiming to win it, I’ve done it before so I can do it again.”