IT is not very often a golfer hits a hole-in-one but is not particularly happy when leaving the 18th green. That, though, was exactly how Graeme Storm felt in Morocco recently.
Storm, due to head out to Spain next week to play in the NH Collection Open, missed his sixth cut from eight tournaments this year at the Trophee Hassann II – and he still managed to ace the 16th.
But the Rockliffe Hall Tour pro, from Hartlepool, is keen to forget about his frustrations and get the enjoyment back in his game after a couple of weeks off to refresh his mind.
“That's two hole-in-ones I have hit in the last two years,” said Storm. “Last year in Joburg I hit a hole-in-one to make the cut. This year I didn't. I was hoping it would be deja vu but it didn't work out like that.
“My confidence has been that low that I can't see the wood from the trees. I am seeing bad shots but not good shots. I am playing golf but not getting anything out if it.
“I have to try to keep believing. My lesson with my coach Ian Rae has got me believing a bit again. I want the buzz and excitement back.
“That's what I miss at the minute. My swing is as decent as it has ever looked. My game is in good shape. It's getting me to believe that. I just need a result.”
Storm's seven-iron on the 210-yard 16th at the Golf Du Palais in Agadir was the highlight of his trip to North Africa – even if he wasn't sure of it at the time.
Storm said: “It was unbelievable. I was on a golf course where there was hardly any spectators. I hit a shot, I knew I'd hit a good shot, I had two Moroccan guys jumping up and down around the green.
“I was wondering 'has it gone in, or is it close to the flag?' I was struggling to make the cut and then I hit that.
“Then I birdied the par five so I felt like I was on a roll. But I didn't make another cut because of a few mistakes. It was a funny week, I wasn't very well. It was a nightmare.”