Storm slips back in golf’s French Open


GRAEME Storm was today looking to putt on the style again in his bid to regain the French Open title.

The Hartlepool golfer endured a nightmare second day at the tournament he won in 2007.

After ending the first round in equal first place following some imperious golf, the 33-year-old dropped 13 spots yesterday when he carded a four-over par 75 at Le Golf National.

Storm began round three today in 14th position, eight shots behind fellow Englishman James Morrison, who registered his second successive 66 to reach the halfway stage on 132 (10 under par).

But Storm will not be too undaunted – he has the ability, and know-how, to challenge in Paris.

Storm was one of 10 players on two under, a group which included the highest-ranked player in the tournament, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who was the champion here two years ago.

Colin Montgomerie was one shot further back.

Out though went defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, American star Bubba Watson, Darren Clarke and last week’s winner Pablo Larrazabal.