Sleepless night turns into bad dream for Storm
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.”