Andres Romero’s bid to successfully defend the 73° Abierto del Litoral Personal title remained on track after a second round 69 at Rosario Golf Club gave the young Argentine the halfway lead.
The 26 year old European Tour champion enjoyed the sweet taste of victory when he won the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe in July a week after coming agonizingly close to winning the greatest prize of them all when he led The Open Championship with two holes to play at Carnoustie.
And this week he is back on home soil for the opening event of the 2008 Challenge Tour season looking to cap a sensational year with a second successive victory in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas, the European Challenge Tour and the TPG of Argentina.
Romero’s second round lacked the fireworks of his opening 63 but he maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard with a round of three birdies and just two dropped shots for a 69 and a halfway total of 132, eight under par.
One shot adrift is fellow Argentine Fabian Gomez, who three under par 67 included a four birdie burst in the space of four holes from the fourth.
Miguel Rodriguez made it an Argentine top three with a second round of 66 to move to six under par, his round comprising five birdies and an eagle on the 18th, his ninth, while American Ryan Carter, second overnight, slipped back into fourth place with a level par round of 70.
The $170,000 championship promoted by Golfstar is the penultimate event on the 2007 Tour de las Americas’ schedule and opening event of the 2008 Challenge Tour season.