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Graeme Storm Bemoans Club Theft

I had the chance to catch up with Hartlepool’s premier golfer, Graeme Storm, ahead of the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea last week. The phone call cost a fortune, but ‘Stormy’ was just happy to have someone to talk to…

Storm: Having to re-find his form after his club's were stolen

Storm: Having to re-find his form after his clubs were stolen.

How have things been going so far this season?

“I haven’t quite had the results I would have hoped for so far this year. I played the Dubai Desert Classic and did okay there, but then I had my clubs stolen in the clubhouse afterwards — which really halted my progress.”

What happened?

“I was all packed up and ready to go home on the Sunday night, so I was just sitting in the clubhouse having a few drinks while watching the Liverpool-Chelsea match. I took my eyes off my clubs for barely 10 minutes, and unfortunately somebody half-inched them.”

How did that affect your progress?

“When I got home the following day I had the week off, but I had no clubs to practise with. Taylor Made got everything that was stolen replaced for me by Friday, but I was flying out to Malaysia on the Sunday, so I never got the chance to bed them in — and this showed in my results. I’ve been a bit hit and miss recently, very inconsistent.”

That must be very annoying…

“It’s not just the golf I’ve struggled with since going continent-hopping. It’s more difficult [going away on tour] now I have a wife and a baby. The buzz is still there to play tournaments — we play for good money in good conditions, so we certainly can’t complain, especially in the current economic climate — I’m just finding it hard with the time changes.

“Normally I adapt really well, but this time not at all. I just go to sleep early and wake up at one or two in the morning so it’s been quite difficult to focus. I don’t know whether it’s down to the sleepless nights I’ve been getting at home with the little one, or something else, but it’s had an effect.

“The only advantage is that when I wake up the football is sometimes on — I got to see the Liverpool-Arsenal match (which finished 4-4) the other morning. What a game!”

It must be a relief to know you will be back playing in Europe soon?

“All in all I’m looking forward to heading back to Europe, especially as I’ve got quite a few goals and targets to work on. Obviously a win is at the top of the agenda, but I also want to make sure I finish in the Top 60 in the Race to Dubai. Along the way I hope to qualify for the Open, and then get in the top 100 in the world by August so I can compete in the USPGA.

“I’m ironing out a few swing issues at the moment, so hopefully I’ll be sorted soon and will hit the big tournaments running!”



Graeme went on to finish T19th in South Korea, bagging himself $31, 832. Catch Seventy7 the good luck charm?

For more from Graeme and other top professionals, check out the latest edition of Golf Punk.

May 5, 2009 - Posted by | Golf, Interviews, Sport | , ,

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