HARTLEPOOL golfer Graeme Storm is back in action on the European Tour tomorrow morning after years over injury torture.

Storm's recent career has been plauged by an ongoing wrist problem which kept him out of action for the whole of 2019.

Multiple surgeries would follow as the European Tour winner looked to make a return to the golf course.

In an interview with BBC Radio Tees Sport, Storm relived his recent years of injury setbacks.

"It's been a really difficult time. I got injured towards the middle end of 2017. Although I had a fabulous year, I was still struggling with my wrist and I decided enough was enough.

"I had to go in for an operation in the April of 2018, that was a successful operation and then I had a little bit of a mishap where something had popped in my wrist so I had to go back under the knife in January 2019.

"I was hoping to make a return but it was totally impossible. The recovery was not as good because I had to be opened up for the 2nd operation.

"I decided I could go back playing in 2020. I played a couple of tournaments in the Middle-East, didn't perform very well but I worked really hard on my fitness.

"My body was moving really well and I needed to do something because my wrist still wasn't perfect and it never will be.

"I probably played a little too much all at once. Wentworth was my last tournament in 2020.

"I had to pull out during the first round because I was in so much pain. So then I had to go back under the knife again in January.

During his time away from competitive action, Storm has launched his own golf academies in Richmond and Houghton-le-Spring to encourage others to get involved in the sport.

"I like to think I've led the way in the North East.

"After my playing career, if I can unearth a few great players there then that would be fantastic.

"My belief has always been to try and help people get into the game and being able to grow the game from grassroots level.

"If I can leave a legacy right at the very end of my career where people want to play the game more in this area and I can nurture prosperous new talent then that would be great for me."

With academies in places, Storm now looks to have put his injury troubles behind him after a third surgery.

"They opened my forearm up and cut the nerves to relieve me from any pain.

"All I can say is that has just been the best thing ever because now I can hit golf balls and I can play with no pain.

"The movement of the wrist is not going to be as good as it used to be when I was younger.

"All inside is all pretty good, apart from the slight little bit of resistance and less movement you would normally have in the wrist.

"Because I'm pain free, I'm able to practice as much as I want. I'm able to play without any trouble whatsoever.

"I can attack the golf ball now whereas last year, I was playing in fear of what could happen.

"Now I've got no fear whatsoever and I'm really looking forward to getting back out on the European Tour."

The 43-year-old will tee off at the British Masters at 7:40am tomorrow at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.