Storm enters European Tour summer schedule in great hope

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm hopes that a lucrative run of five cuts from six European Tour outings has left him in top form entering a testing summer schedule.

The 35-year-old admits he may have won the Lyoness Open in Austria earlier this month had it not been for errant putting.

Storm finished in a tie for 10th on nine-under par, eight shots behind Dutch winner Joost Luiten.

Next up is the BMW International Open in Munich before the Irish Open and then the French Open, the scene of Storm’s only Tour victory.

There is also qualifying for July’s British Open at Sunningdale to contend with and Storm admits it is the business end of the season.

“This is a busy and important period coming up and I hope I’ve played myself into a bit of form over the past few weeks,” he told SportMail.

“I was 10th in Austria but might have won if my putting had been better.

“But I’m playing fairly well and I’m happy going into the summer.

“A lot of it will come down to my putting and I’m still working hard to bring all of my game together on a consistent basis.

“I like a lot of the courses coming up and I’ve done well there in the past, especially France.

“After that I’d love to go to The Open at Muirfield so this could be a good period for me and as long as I keep believing and working hard then I could be knocking on the door.”

It was at this stage of the season last year that, following the death of his grandfather, Storm’s campaign took a dramatic dip.

But the Hartlepool-born star believes his game is back on course.

“It was hard at times last year and I had to work hard to rectify a few areas of my game I wasn’t happy with,” he went on.

“I said then I didn’t just want to be making up the numbers on the Tour and I feel like I’ve been competing well recently, I hope it continues.”