Glen­dower Storm brew­ing

Golf: English­man sets light­ning pace be­fore play aban­doned

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

Graeme Storm shot a bril­liant 63 to take a twoshot lead and keep world num­ber two Rory McIl­roy at bay on day two of the BMW South Africa Open in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day.

The English­man thought he had lost his play­ing priv­i­leges on the Euro­pean Tour by an ag­o­nis­ing £90 fol­low­ing the Por­tu­gal Mas­ters in Oc­to­ber but was handed a reprieve as United States Ry­der Cup player Pa­trick Reed failed to play the re­quired num­ber of events.

Storm took ad­van­tage in some style, card­ing nine birdies in a blem­ish-free ef­fort which equalled the course record at the Glen­dower to get to 12-un­der 132 and lead the way from home duo Trevor Fisher and Jbe Kruger, and Amer­i­can Peter Uih­lein.

McIl­roy was then a fur­ther shot back af­ter a re­mark­able 68 that saw him pick up eight shots in as many holes from the eighth to the 15th but also record three bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey.

Storm made his birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th 18th, first, third, fifth, sixth and eighth and was in no doubt as to the key to his suc­cess.

“The put­ter was hot, was hot yes­ter­day and was hot to­day,” he said.

“I could have birdied a cou­ple more of the par 5s, I only birdied one of them to­day.

“So to shoot 63 and only hav­ing birdied one of the par 5s around here, I know that I’ve played pretty well.

“I tip Rory to win this week be­cause he hits it miles and he hits it straight. If I keep on his tail, I’ll be happy.”

McIl­roy’s eight-hole burst did not in­clude a sin­gle missed putt and was all the more re­mark­able con­sid­er­ing he was strug­gling with a back in­jury.

“I’m sur­prised I’m stand­ing here, I thought about pulling out be­fore even tee­ing off to­day,” he said.

“I tweaked my back some­how and the first few shots to­day weren’t very com­fort­able and it still isn’t re­ally com­fort­able.

“I can’t re­ally take a deep breath be­cause I’ve done some­thing to my up­per back.

“I’m go­ing to go get some treat­ment now. Con­sid­er­ing that, I played well, stuck at it and hope­fully I can feel bet­ter to­mor­row.”

English pair Lau­rie Can­ter and Jor­dan L Smith, Scot David Drys­dale and South African Keith Horne were along­side McIl­roy on 135, with Jaco van Zyl a fur­ther shot back af­ter record­ing a hole in one on the 17th which won him a £100,000 BMW i8.

The threat of light­ning brought an early end to pro­ceed­ings, with 45 play­ers re­turn­ing to fin­ish their rounds this morn­ing.

Gran­town’s Dun­can Ste­wart was ly­ing last in the field on six over with four holes re­main­ing when play was aban­doned.

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