The Graeme Storm Column

Tour Professional Graeme Storm continues his exclusive column for Golf North East

Tour Professional Graeme Storm continues his exclusive column for Golf North East

It was so disappointing to finish the Open Championship with a 78. After rounds of 76, 70 and 72, I went into the final round among the front-runners, which was a great experience.

Playing in the last five groups in the Open in that sort of amphitheatre is what I want more of. It was fantastic to be in that position, but unfortunately I just didn't play well and didn't control the ball like I wanted to, and I didn't play like I did during the previous three days.

It's a learning experience and I will learn from it - but I'm very disappointed with that last round.

I'm not one for making excuses but I did get some awful lies and every time I made a mistake I paid for it. It was just one of those days when everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

Things didn't start well with bogeys on the first two holes and despite a birdie at the 5th I dropped three more shots around the turn. It was a real battle from that point but then I landed bogeys at 14, 15 and 16.

I knew I needed a birdie at 17, just as I'd managed on the Saturday, but my second shot caught the greenside bunker and the ball ended up under the lip. I was pleased with the shot out of the sand and it gave me a chance but the birdie putt just shaved the hole.

I have to positive though as it was a good week all round - it was just the last round that was so disappointing. Each day things felt better and better and it was definitely the best I have played for months, apart from the final round.

Obviously, it wasn't easy with the strong wind but I had done well on the previous days. Up to the last day I was delighted with the way things had gone.

I just need to get myself into that position again at a big tournament because the experience with the big crowds and so on was just fantastic.

It's a real shame I couldn't finish in the top 20 as that would have ensured me a place in next year's Open at Turnberry.

Now I'll have to make it to Turnberry next year through the European Order of Merit or through qualifying, but I want to come back to that sort of final day position without a doubt.

I'm now having three weeks off so I can chill out and take stock of things. Then I'll probably play in the Scandinavian Masters.


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