We know Graeme Storm beat Rory McIlroy in a playoff at the SA Open.  But have you heard the bizarre story of how he even managed to get into the field?

  • It started last year with Storm visibly upset on the green at the Portugal Masters.
  • He had just missed a putt on the final green for par that would have retained his card.
  • He was just €100 short of David Howell and finished 111th in the European Tour Order of Merit.
  • Then the week before the Turkish Airlines Open in November a terrorist car bomb exploded near the Antalya Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
  • The European Tour had an emergency meeting and decided the event would go ahead.
  • However a number of players chose not to play the event because of security fears.
  • One of those was Patrick Reed.
  • In order for Reed to retain playing rights on the European Tour he had to meet the Tour's appearance criteria of playing five European Tour events outside the Majors and WGC's.
  • By not playing in Turkey, Reed could only clock up four of the five ET appearances; in Scotland, Rio, The Ryder Cup and Dubai.
  • That left the European Tour handing Reed's card to Graeme Storm!


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