Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Critics Should Know Better, Blasts Storm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Critics Should Know Better, Blasts Storm

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Byline: By Tim Taylor

Graeme Storm yesterday rounded on the growing army of critics who have lambasted him and other top professionals for passing up the chance to qualify for the US Open, which starts at the Oakmont club today, writes Tim Taylor.

The former British Amateur champion and Walker Cup winner from Hartlepool instead leaves today for a few days' holiday in Spain, mixed in with some practice sessions, before pitching up back on the European Tour in Munich next week.

Along with other professionals, such as Welshman Bradley Dredge, Storm has been the target of verbal attacks from Sky TV pundits Rob Lee and Mark Roe.

Former European Tour boss Ken Schofield, now an England cricket administrator, joined the chorus of dissent this week when he said he was disappointed by their actions. But Storm said: "In the days when they were playing, the Sky TV guys didn't have the chance to qualify in England for the US Open, like we had at Walton Heath early last week. So how can they comment?

"But Ken Schofield should know better. Guys like him and George O'Grady, who has taken over from him building up the European Tour, have done a fabulous job in getting it to the stage where we can play 51 weeks of the year if we want to and for good money.

"They make no secret of the fact they want us to play on the European Tour and not the US Tour, so why make a fuss about guys like me making decisions that are right for us?

"I know my game and what is the right thing for me to do at any given time. It's got nothing to do with any of them. They should mind their own business and not try to tell me what to do.

"Last year I was in form just before US Open qualifying so I went along, made it, went to the US Open and gave it a good go but I missed the cut. When the qualifying fell this year, I had just missed three cuts in a row, so I felt qualifying would be a waste of time for me.

"Even if I had scraped through at Walton Heath, what would be the point of going over to America to play a tough track like Oakmont in the sort of form where I might shoot 85, 85? …

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