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Storm in Euro Tour lead in the Netherlands

Sept. 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM   |   Comments

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HILVERSUM, Netherlands, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Graeme Storm rode a strong first-round finish Thursday into the lead of the European Tour's KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Storm had birdies on three of his last four holes for a bogey-free 7-under-par 63. He's two strokes up on Raphael Jacquelin, Martin Kaymer and Fabrizio Zanotti after the first round.

Zanotti had five birdies Thursday while Jacquelin and Kaymer each had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.

The eagles were at the 484-yard, par-5 12th hole. They were among seven players to post eagles at the hole Thursday. Another 68, including Storm, had birdies at the hole.

Six players are tied for fifth at 4-under.

Storm has been a professional since 2000 but has just one tournament title -- the 2007 French Open -- to his credit.

He was very consistent Thursday. Starting on the second nine at the Hilversumsche Golf Course, Storm was two-under after just three holes. He added birdies at No. 16 and 18 and made the turn at 4-under.

His second nine began with four pars before he made a 2 at the par-3 fifth hole that pulled him into a tie for the lead. He moved in front alone with birdies at Nos. 7 and 8.

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