Sleep­less night turns into bad dream for Storm

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OVERNIGHT leader Graeme Storm slumped to a six-over­par 76 at the US PGA Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day af­ter a roller-coaster sec­ond round at steamy South­ern Hills.

The un­her­alded English­man, whose open­ing 65 earned a two-stroke lead over Amer­i­can John Daly, had eight bo­geys, one dou­ble­bo­gey, four birdies and five pars to fin­ish on 141, one over par.

“I didn’t get the run of the ball I did yes­ter­day,” said the 29-year-old. “Ev­ery­thing went my way yes­ter­day and ev­ery­thing that could go wrong went wrong to­day.”

Storm said he did not sleep too well be­fore hav­ing to hit the open­ing shot of the sec­ond round.

“I didn’t get much sleep,” he said. “I went to bed at 10pm and woke up about 2am, and it was on and off af­ter that.

“I think I was wor­ried about miss­ing my alarm call, which I don’t nor­mally think about, but when you’re lead­ing a ma­jor it’s slightly dif­fer­ent.”

Storm, ranked 128th in the world, ral­lied af­ter back-to­back bo­geys from the sec­ond with birdies at the fourth and fifth.

He then lost six strokes to par over the last 12 holes to slide down the leader­board.

“It was frus­trat­ing,” added Storm. “It’s just one of those things. If I missed the green I was on the wrong side of the pin. If I missed a fair­way I was al­ways pe­nalised. I was prob­a­bly more ag­gres­sive than I should have been.”

But Storm said he was still within strik­ing dis­tance and hoped to take a few pos­i­tives from his dis­ap­point­ing round.

“I hope to have a good week­end, be­cause I am not far away from the lead­ers. I will just have to take it on the chin and come back fight­ing to­mor­row.”

Open cham­pion Padraig Har­ring­ton slipped with a three-over 73. He started his round with a birdie at 10 but fol­lowed it up with con­sec­u­tive bo­geys to drop to even par.

Har­ring­ton bo­geyed 17 and 18 to fin­ish the front nine and he closed his round with a bo­gey at nine. A birdie at the par-3 sixth was his only birdie in his last 17 holes.

“I had a dis­ap­point­ing bo­gey at the last there. I would like to have been one or two bet­ter,” said Har­ring­ton. “I’m not too bad, but I need to play bet­ter golf on the week­end.”

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