Storming finish not enough for Graeme in Dubai Desert Classic

GREAT FINISH: Graeme Storm
GREAT FINISH: Graeme Storm

A SENSATIONAL finish from Graeme Storm was not enough to keep him in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Hartlepool golfer ended his second round birdie-birdie-eagle to card a fighting two-under-par 70 at the Emirates Golf Club.

Despite Storm’s heroics, the 33-year-old missed the cut by one stroke – his halfway par total of 144 was just outside the qualifying mark. It looked bleak for Storm throughout yesterday’s round.

Starting down in 105th, the omens did not look good as Storm played some steady stuff, covering the opening 12 holes in one over par after a bogey at at the par four sixth.

He then bogeyed the 550-yard par-five 13th to drop further down the leaderboard and at four over par his stay in the tournament looked over. But Poolies are made of the right stuff and the former French Open champion ended his round in stunning fashion with a run of threes.

His first came at the par four 16th and he then birdied the 359-yard 17th.

But he saved his best until last, sinking his eagle putt at the 18th to register a two-under-par 70. It was some way to finish but was not enough to keep him in the UAE for the whole weekend.

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