Name: Graeme Storm
Born: Hartlepool, England
Date of birth: March 13, 1978
Height: 5ft 11in
Turned professional: 2000
Interests: Liverpool, Hartlepool United and my family
Family: Married to Sara with two children, Grace and Oliver
Initially, as a schoolboy, football was my first sporting interest, which explains my love for Liverpool and the reason why I have often been seen wearing the Reds’ crest on my golf shoes.
It was not until my grandfather, Bill Trueman, handed me a seven-iron when I was ten that I realised there was another sport out there to focus my mind on.
From that moment on my journey towards becoming a Tour pro rather than playing regular football had started. I dedicated an incredible amount of time to the fairways and greens at Hartlepool Golf Club to develop my game.
I was fortunate to enjoy a successful amateur career. I won many tournaments at boys’ and men’s level, capped by winning the biggest prize of all: The British Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in 1999.
That got me to my first Open Championship and the US Masters the following year.
I also represented England as well as Great Britain & Ireland at every level during my amateur days and helped Great Britain & Ireland to beat Europe in the Seve Trophy as a professional in 2007 at the Heritage Club in Ireland.
Le Golf National in Paris will always have a cherished place in my heart too, having memorably won the Open de France ALSTOM in 2007 when I got to celebrate my first European Tour triumph.
During the last couple of years I have also developed a love for helping the younger generation of golfers coming through. As a golf consultant at Dyke House College, in my hometown of Hartlepool, it has been a pleasure and privilege to see the progress our rising talents have made.
That provided the platform, the starting point, for me to launch The Graeme Storm Junior Open in 2016 and I’m sure that will continue to go from strength to strength in the future.
MY AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS
– Won the 1994 English Boys’ Under-16 Championship
– Won the 1996 English Boys’ Stroke Play Championship
– Won the 1996 European Junior Championship
– Runner-up in the 1996 World Boys’ Championship
– Won the 1999 British Amateur Championship
– Holed the winning putt for Great Britain & Ireland to win the Walker Cup in 1999
MY PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
– Won the 2007 Open de France ALSTOM
– Runner-up at the Omega European Masters in 2014, losing a play-off with American David Lipsky
– Runner-up twice at the European Open in 2005 and 2015
– Runner-up at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2008
– Helped Great Britain & Ireland to win the Seve Trophy 2007 by beating Thomas Bjorn 7&5 in the singles
– A two-time winner on the Challenge Tour in 2004
– Finished third on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit in 2004
MY MAJOR AND WGC MEMORIES
– Played in all four majors
– Had my mother, Jane, as my caddie at the US Masters in 2000 and she remains the only mum to date to have carried a player’s bag
– Appeared at The Open Championship in 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011
– Appeared in two US Opens in 2006 and 2014
– Appeared in the USPGA Championship in 2007
– Played in two World Golf Championship events in 2007 and 2008 finishing sixth at the Cadillac World Championship, when I played in the final group with Vijay Singh and eventual winner Geoff Ogilvy
All the best