The Open 2011: Graeme Storm sees good start marred

The 140th Open Championship

Venue:
Royal St George's, Sandwich, Kent
Dates:
14-17 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, online (UK only) and Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website (#bbcgolf) and mobiles; watch again on iPlayer
Graeme Storm
Storm bogeyed two of the last four holes

Hartlepool's Graeme Storm was disappointed with the finish to his opening round after shooting a level-par 70 in the 140th Open Championship.

"I'm pleased to shoot level par but to finish with two bogeys in the last four left a sour taste," he told BBC Sport.

By contrast, Newcastle's Kenneth Ferrie came back well, making three birdies in four holes late on for a one-over 71.

Ferrie, 37 to the turn, had slipped to three over before birdies at 14, 16 and 17 but then he too bogeyed the last.

"I'm reasonably pleased," said Ferrie, 32, on his first Open appearance in five years.

"I finished well, holing a 15-footer at 16, then from 25 foot at 17 before that bogey at the last, but I don't think I'll be the only one to bogey 18 today.

"When I was three over at 13, I hadn't really played any bad shots, so I was pleased to hole some putts coming back."

Storm stood joint top of the early morning leaderboard when he picked up two birdies in three holes to move to two under par at Sandwich.

But he then bogeyed holes 15 and 18 to fall back into the pack.

"I'm pleased to shoot level par but to finish with two bogeys in the last four left a sour taste," he told BBC Sport.

Playing in his sixth Open, the 33-year-old, who booked his place at Royal St George's by firing rounds of 65 and 62 to win International Final Qualifying on 12 under at Sunningdale last month, goes out again on Friday at the later time of 1142 BST.

But he warned that the Kent weather might have turned by then.

"At the start, it was cold and quite breezy and conditions were tricky," Storm said. "But I've heard the forecast might not be too good for later today and I like to think I might be on the right side of the draw.

"The rain was coming down heavy at four o'clock this morning when I got up but we only had a few spots as we teed off and it could yet be quite a test this afternoon."

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