Storm raring to go in the Alfred Dunhill Links

IN TOP FORM: Graeme Storm
IN TOP FORM: Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm hopes to dine out at the top table again tomorrow when he returns to tournament golf.

After the feast of the Ryder Cup, it is back to the bread and butter of the European Tour tomorrow.

Not that the Alfred Dunhill Links should be viewed as anything other than the finest fare.

Just over £3million in prize money is on offer in Scotland when the best golfers are joined by figures from showbiz, sport and commerce play over four days at St Andrews (twice), Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Storm is hoping to continue his bid for a place at an even richer competition, the DP Tour World Championship in Dubai bat the end of November.

Only the top 60 on the European Tour’s order of merit, dubbed the Race to Dubai, qualify for the event which has almost £5million in the prize pot.

Storm is currently 65th following his runner-up spot at the Omega European Masters in the Swiss Alps at the start of the month.

The 36-year-old came within a whisker of his first European title since 2007, only to be beaten in a sudden death play-off by American David Lipsky.

He followed that up by finishing joint 12th at the ISPS Handa Wales Open collecting a cheque for £27,470 at Newport.

Storm has enjoyed his time back in Hartlepool with his family but is raring to go agaim tomorrow.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said the Dyke House Sport and Technology College guru.

“I’ve had a nice week off back home.

“I’ve not practiced much but I’ve kept my hand by playing in the Hartlepool Hospice charity day and an invitational.

“I have been pleased with my form, my swing’s been decent and I’m hitting the ball pretty good.

“I want to continue that this weekend.

“I’ve done quite well here before and a lot could depend on the weather.

“The weather forecast I don’t think is great but, if anything, I would not mind the conditions being difficult.”

Storm had looked in danger of relegation from the European Tour after finding himself down in 159th place on the league table.

With only the top 110 retaining their cards, he needed to produce something spectacular.

He did just that at the Omega Masters and then produced some top golf at Celtic Manor with rounds of 71, 69. 65 and 69.

A similar effort in Scotland over the next four days would be very welcome.

“It would be fantastic if I could have another nice week,” said the player who grew up playing links golf.

“The way season has turned out has been just amazing.

“At one point it didn’t look as if I was going to get there [the top 110].

“Now I’m just outside the top 60.

“In one way, everything from now until the end of the season is a bonus.

“But I’m just trying to keep my form going to see where it may take me this year but also to get me ready for 2015.”