Eduardo Romero will take a two stroke lead into the final round of the US Senior Open after overhauling Fred Funk at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.
The Argentine, bidding to become the only the second Argentine to win the US Senior Open after Roberto de Vicenzo won the inaugural event, holed a three foot putt on the last for a five under par 65 and nine under total of 201.
"I think so, I think so, I think so," said Romero when asked if winning Sunday would be his biggest career win. "It's my dream to win this event."
Romero has posted had three sub-par rounds. He credited it to his confidence on the green.
"I start two months ago with a belly putter," he said in broken English. "When I get to green, it's gone from a two- to a one-putt now."
Romero said he heard from countryman and 2007 US Open Champion Angel Cabrera after Friday’s second round, urging him to win the US Senior Open on Sunday to complete the Argentina two-step.
“It would be a great combo for us, for Argentina, for everyone,” said Romero, who helped sponsor Cabrera throughout his early career in Europe.
Romero said his friend had one other piece of advice for Sunday’s final round.
“Go find the Argentine restaurant in town, have a big steak, get some sleep and practice lots before your round tomorrow. If I play like this, I think I’ve got it.”
Fred Funk finished at seven under after a round of 69 with John Cook, who lost a play-off in last week's Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard, on six under par after a round of 66. Tom Kite was the only other player in red figures at the conclusion of the third round at one under and a distant eight strokes back.