Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Storming Finish Moves Graeme through in Style

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Storming Finish Moves Graeme through in Style

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Graeme Storm made it into the last two rounds of the Open after a spectacular drive at the last ( and a five-hour wait.

The 27-year-old from Hartlepool came to the 357-yard 18th believing he needed to hole-in-one to make the cut. His drive ran up the green with the crowd roaring it on to hit the flag and ricochet 12 feet away.

It was reminiscent of Jack Nicklaus' mighty drive there several years ago and the Golden Bear, who bowed out of the Open on a wave of nostalgia yesterday, would have approved of Storm's bold bid. Storm then went for the eagle putt, which slid agonizingly by and he had to settle for the birdie and a round of 70 for 145.

Initially, he thought that would be at least one too many, but he was delighted to be proved wrong after an anxious wait of nearly five hours, when the cut came at 145 and he made it through right on the mark.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be playing in the last two rounds of the Open," said Storm. "It's always been a dream of mine to do that. It was a close-run thing but the wait was worth it in the end.

"I thought my tee shot at 18 had to go in to make the cut," added Storm. "I was gutted when it missed and it was so disappointing because I felt I had blown what was a good chance to make it."

Two holes looked to have cost Storm his chance of being in the mix over the weekend ( the double bogey he took at the first on Thursday, when he went in the burn, and the 11th yesterday, where he ran up a treble bogey at the par three ( and that after going to the turn in two under par with birdies at the fifth and ninth and then picking up another birdie at 10.

"My caddie Steve Rawlinson and I discussed what club to hit to clear Strath bunker and get the ball up on to the top level at the 174-yard 11th. …

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