Storm stays ahead
Hartlepool golfer hoping to avoid a trip to qualifying school
Last Updated: September 8, 2012 5:30pm
Graeme Storm: second successive bogey-free round helped him move three clear
Overnight leader Graeme Storm signed for a solid four-under round of 66 to retain top spot after the second day of the KLM Open at Hilversum.
The 34-year-old finds himself three shots clear of Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Sweden's Peter Hanson on 11 under at the halfway stage of the tournament.
Second round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-11 G Storm
-8 G Ferndandez-Castano (Spn)
-8 P Hanson (Swe)
-8 S Jamieson
-6 P Larrazabal (Spn)
-6 S Kapur (Ind)
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Storm knows a win on Dutch soil this weekend would be huge for his career - he's close to the cut-off mark in the Race to Dubai, meaning there is a possibility he may have to go back to qualifying school.
The Hartlepool golfer is 114th on the money list and likely needs to win another 100,000 euros to safeguard his playing rights for another season.
Asked if his position in the Race to Dubai had been on his mind, Storm replied: "Every day. It has been for the last three months. It is a big struggle missing so many cuts.
"It's all about momentum and for two days it has gone my way.
"The goal for me still is to keep my card, even though I am leading. If someone comes through then so be it, I just need my card for next year."
"The goal for me still is to keep my card, even though I am leading."
Graeme Storm Quotes of the week
Storm had begun the day with a two-shot advantage and although he was unable to quite find the form he displayed in his opening 63, a second bogey-free round was enough to move him further clear.
"It makes a change to have all red on my card," Storm, 41st in last week's Omega European Masters, told europeantour.com.
"I wasn't expecting to shoot four-under. I just managed to go round and keep the bogeys off the card as I did yesterday and made a few birdies."
Fernandez-Castano, the 2005 winner on the same course and looking to put the disappointment of failing to make the Ryder Cup team behind him, fired a 65 that included an eagle at the par-five 12th.
Jamieson raced into contention with a 64, the joint-best round of the day, after picking up seven shots in his first 10 holes having started at the ninth. His score was matched by Ireland's Simon Thornton after he eagled the last.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and India's Shiv Kapur are on six under while Ryder Cup wildcard pick Nicolas Colsaerts is in a five-man group a further shot back.