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Graeme Storm lands sports car after hole-in-one at Omega European Masters

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Graeme Storm landed himself a BMW i8 worth around £100,000 after he achieved a hole-in-one on the third day of the Omega European Masters.

The Englishman holed out with his six-iron on the 11th hole at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland and leads the tournament after shooting a six-under par round of 64.

Storm has won only £61,000 on the European Tour this year and is currently 159th in the Race to Dubai standings.

No car

After winning the brand new car, Storm was understandably ecstatic and can be forgiven for his wild celebrations given his current transport situation.

"To win something like that is marvelous," Storm told Sky Sports. "I have not got a car at the moment so it's not a bad start is it? I can't afford one at the moment, I have played that bad this year I've had to give it back."

Poor season

Storm has had a season to forgot as he has missed 14 cuts from 23 events, The French Open champion in 2007 admits his year has been a struggle but is delighted to be leading in this tournament with just 18 holes remaining.

"To win something like that is marvellous," Storm told Sky Sports. "I have not got a car at the moment so it's not a bad start is it? I can't afford one at the moment, I have played that bad this year I've had to give it back."

The 36-year old sits on 16-under for the tournament leading fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke. Fleetwood carded a magnificent seven-under par 63 which included eight birdies and one bogey.

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Faultless

The 23-year old is pleased with his form in recent weeks and thought that he was faultless with his iron during day three.

"My game has been good the last few weeks. I'm generally finding it on the range but then it's always important to take it out onto the golf course," Fleetwood stated.

"My iron play today was really good, I don't remember a shot I did not hit on my line and I got on a roll with the putter midway through the round so it was just a great day."

Jamie Donaldson is looking for back-to-back victories after he won the Czech Masters last week and is in a decent position just four shots adrift. The Welshman had held a two shots lead when four birdies in his first six holes got him off to a flying start. But a triple bogey on the 12th and a double bogey on the 14th saw him drop down the leaderboard.

Ryder Cup debut

Donaldson will be making his Ryder Cup debuts this month and birdies on the 13th and 15th helped limit the damage as he sits on 12-under par for the tournament.

Richie Ramsay is also on 12-under par as the Englishman is looking for his second victory here in two years after his success in 2012.

Nightmare start

He held the overnight lead going into the weekend but three bogeys in the first four holes got him off to a nightmare start. However, he battled back to record a level-par 70 to remain in contention going into the final day.

Fellow Englishman is also on 12-under par for the tournament as eagles on the first and ninth saw him score a round of 65.

Nine birdies

Ireland's Peter Lawrie had looked on course to card the first ever 59 on the European Tour after an incredible nine birdies in his first 14 holes meaning he only needed two more in the last four holes. But the 40-year old bogeyed the 16th meaning he recorded an eight-under 62 jumping 51 places in the meantime.

Lee Slattery had also looked like making the 60 shot barrier after he was on seven-under par after 10 holes. But a disastrous triple-bogey six on the 13th hole meant he could only post a third round of 65.

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