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Saturday, 26 May 2007

Eduardo Romero followed the example of his great friend and protégé, Angel Cabrera, when, a few hours after the younger Argentine moved into a share of the lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, the mentor moved two strokes clear at the halfway stage of the US Senior PGA Championship.

Romero added a two under par 70 over Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course to his opening 68 for a six under par 138 to lead Japan's Joe Ozaki with Zimbabwe’s Nick Price three strokes back heading into the weekend. Denis Watson trailed by four shots after 36 holes, while 2006 US Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas and runner-up Brad Bryant where five off the pace at one under par 143.

Romero, winner of the Wentworth Senior Masters for the past two years on the European Seniors Tour and the JELD-WEN Tradition on the US Champions Tour last year, said: "When I started, my swing was not too good. But after nine holes, my swing came back and then my concentration came back. But it is OK. I played 2 under is a perfect round for today."

Only one player broke 70 in the second round of the season’s first Senior Major, PGA Professional Mike San Filippo, with a 69, which was surprising considering conditions were more benign than on Thursday when winds reached upwards of 30 mph.

When asked, Romero agreed that a two-shot lead on a course as difficult as the Ocean Course almost felt more like a four or five shot advantage provided he could stay away from big trouble.

"I think so. You have to be very careful on this golf course because when you lose the concentration for a couple seconds you can make a double or triple bogey like that quickly," he said. "I know this course is very difficult. You have to be very patient, very quiet. I know two strokes is nothing on this course. You have to play it very careful."

Among the other European Seniors Tour Members in action, Mark James lies at one over par in joint ninth position after a round of 71 and Costantino Rocca added a second successive 74 to lie at four over par.

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