GRAEME Storm today admitted he would be kicking himself all the way back to Hartlepool after missing the cut at the Open Championship.
The town golfer looked in a brilliant position to achieve his pre-tournament ambition of qualifying for the final two days and then trying to kick on towards the top 10 over the weekend.
But disaster struck when he dropped three shots in the last three holes at Royal St George’s yesterday.
Teeing off at the 16th, the shortest hole on the course, Storm was on one over par – inside the qualifying mark which had provisionally been set at three over.
Had he finished in regulation, he would have carded a 71 and been in a tie for 32nd place, just five shots behind leaders Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover.
But it all went horribly wrong for Storm, who bogeyed the 16th and then double bogeyed the 18th to finish on a four-over-par mark of 144 – one shot the wrong side of the cut line.
He was in good company – world number two Lee Westwood, Ross Fisher and Padraig Harrington finished on the same total.
However, Storm labelled his finish as “rubbish” and admitted he got what he “deserved” as he pulled no punches in his post-round press conference.
“I am annoyed,” he said. “That was rubbish – absolute rubbish.
“I had it all under control and then just threw it away.”
SEE Saturday’s Mail for full story