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Storm hits out at pin positions

The 138th Open, Turnberry
Date: 16-19 July
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Two, Online and the Red Button, live on Radio 5 Live and text commentary online on all four days

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at Turnberry

Graeme Storm
Storm slipped out of contention after a third round 74

Graeme Storm let rip at the 138th Open Championship organisers for their pin placings after slumping to his worst round of the week at Turnberry.

A four-over third-round 74 left Hartlepool's Storm on eight-over, well out of contention for Sunday.

But he echoed Justin Rose's comments on Friday that some of the pin positions chosen were "borderline ridiculous".

"The flag position at 15 is a disgrace, an absolute disgrace, the worst I've ever seen," Storm told BBC Sport.

"The wind is directly right to left and the pin is four yards from the right side of the green and it's on a slope.

"It's impossible if you're short or past the pin because your putt will finish six feet away no matter what you do.

"You don't mind pins being near the edge of a green but not on a slope.

You accept it's a major championship and you know there are going to be some dodgy flag positions but when you get a silly, silly, silly one like that it just highlights it even more

Graeme Storm on the pin position on the 15th

"If the wind was left to right you would have said 'fair enough', but they knew the forecast and they knew where the wind was going to be.

"Until someone gets the sack or gets punished for it then nothing will happen.

"Even the rules official who was with us agreed it was totally ridiculous and a disgrace.

"The one at 18 on Friday was bad enough but whoever put that flag there at 15 today should be reprimanded, or never be allowed to put flags out again.

"It could affect the outcome of the championship for someone who might be in contention.

"You accept it's a major championship and you know there are going to be some dodgy flag positions but when you get a silly, silly, silly one like that it just highlights it even more.

"It's a shame because the rest of the organisation of the championship is great. It has to be because the people who put the flags out don't do it week in, week out, like we have on the European Tour."

Starting the day on four-over after just scraping though the halfway cut, Storm made a steady start with four straight pars.

But a double bogey at the fifth was followed by another dropped shot at the eighth to take him out in 38.

He then bogeyed again at 12. But, although he responded with his first birdie of the day at 13, he then dropped three shots in the next two holes - a double bogey at 14 followed by what he regarded as almost an inevitable bogey at the 206-yard par-three 15th.

And it was only a 25-foot putt for eagle at 17 that lessened the damage, as he signed for a 74 to go into the final day on eight over.

"It was nice to see one drop for a change," said Storm. "It's just been one of those weeks on the greens. I should be six or seven shots better than I am.

"My putting really let me down. I just putted dreadfully and that puts real pressure on my game."



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