Top 10 finish for Storm in Austria Lyoness Open

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

GRAEME Storm ended the Lyoness Open as he began it to seal a morale-boosting top 10 finish.

The Hartlepool golfer (above)shot one of the best rounds of the last day with a four-under-par 68 to take a share of 10th in Austria and pocket a cheque for £15,248.

But after starting the European Tour event with a stunning 66, he will have been disappointed with what happened in between – a two-over-par 74 on Friday and a one-under par 71 on Saturday.

The 35-year-old had given himself a lot of work to do yesterday in Atzenbrugg after failing to sustain a good start to round three.

Saturday has traditionally been an Achilles heel for Storm, but when he birdied the sixth, 13th and 16th holes, he looked on target for a sub 70 score.

However, bogeys at 17 and 18 saw him fall to 29th in the standings with just a day to go.

Storm though played some of his best golf of the weekend yesterday at the Diamond Country Club.

He took a three at the par four fourth hole and then birdied the sixth, the second longest hole at the course, before suffering his only bogey of the day at the par three ninth.

But his homeward nine saw a faultless run.

A birdie at the 12th was followed by another at the par five 13th and he then sank his birdie putt at the shortest hole at Atzenbrugg, the 159-yard 15th.

With no mishaps at the end of the round, he signed for a 68 with only China’s Lian Wen-chong scoring lower with a 66.

Storm’s total of 279 (nine under) saw him share 10th spot with India’s Shiv Kapur, Alex Levy of France and Italy’s Lorenzo Gigli.

Victory went to Dutchman Joost Luiten, whose aggregate of 271 gave him a two-stroke advantage over veteran Denmark star Thomas Bjorn.