The Graeme Storm column

I'M pretty happy with the start to the year I've had.

I'M pretty happy with the start to the year I've had.

My form has been very consistent and I'm pleased to have made nine cuts from the 12 tournaments I've played since rejoining the European tour in January following a break of a couple of months.

Since the end of March I've also had one top three as well as another three top 20 finishes up to the BMW Championship at Wentworth (which was just starting as this issue of Golf North East was printed).

I was delighted with the way things went at the Irish Open at the County Louth Golf Club, particularly as the weather wasn't that good on several days.

To come joint 20th position, on 5 under par, for the week represented a pretty good week for me.

It was the sixth top 20 placing from the 12 competitions I've played in, proving that my consistency has really improved in the last couple of years.

That was one area of my game that I have really tried to make better and so it is very encouraging to start 2009 in such a way.

It was also good to see the Irish amateur Shane Lowry win in Ireland - after an exciting three-hole play-off with Robert Rock too!

In my previous tournament, the Spanish Open, I was also going quite nicely at the halfway stage but had a bad third round and fell away.

I went into that event on the back of a couple of good performances in the Far East, first of all at the China Open where I was 11th and then in South Korea where I finished 19th.

It was also nice to play a round with my fellow North East professional Rob Dinwiddie in South Korea.

The main part of the season is now with us and I will be concentrating on trying to remain consistent.


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