GRAEME STORM suffered a severe case of history repeating itself at the Telia Grand Prix yesterday.

Just as he found 12 months ago, severe winds cost him dear in the Challenge Tour event when his second victory in a little over a month looked to be on the cards.

Storm, who won the Welsh Ryder Cup Challenge in August, went into the final round at the Ljunghusens Golf Club leading.

But the Hartlepool golfer failed to cope with the high winds and his hopes of lifting the title quickly disappeared when he carded a fourth round 13 over par - leaving him level par overall and joint fifth, three shots adrift of winner Lee Slattery.

It brought back memories of his appearance at the same venue last year when Storm played in the final group but was blown away by similar conditions on his way to a 78, seven over.

Play was suspended for over half an hour yesterday and Storm was unable to cope - recording eight bogeys and three double bogeys.

It had looked good for Storm on Saturday when he took control of the competition with an outstanding finish to hisundcog his last six holes in five under par.

Victory would have ensured Storm regained his place on the European Tour for next season. But, nevertheless, he is still in good form and could achieve that anyway.

"It's all about rankings for me," said Storm, who is ranked in the top eight. "And getting enough money to guarantee my card as one of the top 15 players at the end of the year."

Published: 13/09/2004