Storm moves up after Wales Open

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm was today moving up Europe’s Order of Merit after a fine top 20 finish at the Saab Wales Open.

The Hartlepool golfer went into the event at Celtic Manor placed 97th on the PGA European Tour money list, known as the “Road to Dubai” because of the mega-rich end-of-season tournament.

Storm picked up a cheque for £23,288 for his equal 18th position yesterday to move up to 83rd in the table, ironically his finishing position last year.

However, the 33-year-old will be looking to kick on from here after a promising run of form since the Tour returned to mainland Europe.

Storm scored well at the Ryder Cup course over the weekend, recording 15 birdies and an eagle over the four-day event at Newport, where he beat all the competing European heroes, with the exception of Sweden’s Peter Hanson.

He experienced something of a mixed bag Saturday’s third round, his level par 71 (four birdies and four bogeys) moving him from 15th to 11th going into the last day.

The former French Open champ had an up and down round yesterday, carding a one-over-par 72 for a championship total of 283 (one under par).

Overnight leader, Sweden’s Alex Noren, took the title on 275, two strokes ahead of Gregory Bourdy, from France, and Denmark’s Anders Hansen.

SEE Monday’s Mail for full story and leaderboard