Storm drops into 4-way tie for lead in KLM Open

Associated Press Modified: September 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm •  Published: September 8, 2012

HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) — Graeme Storm of England blew a five-stroke lead midway through the third round and dropped into a four-way tie for the KLM Open lead on Saturday.

Storm, leading since the first round, began the day with a three-stroke advantage, which he extended to five when he birdied the 12th hole on the Hilversumsche course.

But consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14 and a string of pars left him at 1-under 69 and tied with Pablo Larrazabal (64), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) and Scott Jamieson (66) at 12 under.

Peter Hanson of Sweden was a stroke behind after carding a 67. and three shots off the pace were Scotland's Richie Ramsay (64) and England's Danny Willett (66) were three shots off the pace.

Storm said he was disappointed with how he finished the round, particularly with his three-putt on 18.

"A birdie there would have put me at 13-under par but now I find myself tied for the lead," he said. "It would have been nice to just have a few shots lead but it's not to be so I am at the top with three others, and all to play for."

Larrazabal, who followed Storm in 2008 as French Open winner, capped his bogey-free round with five birdies over his last six holes. The Barcelona golfer had just eight putts over his last seven holes.

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