Monday, 04 August 2008
Eduardo Romero  (Getty Images)
Eduardo Romero (Getty Images)

Eduardo Romero made it an Open double for Argentina when he won the US Senior Open to sit alongside Angel Cabrera’s US Open victory last year.

Romero won the US Senior Open, and his second Senior Major title, with a four stroke victory over Fred Funk at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs after a final round of two over par 73 for a six under par total of 274.

"This is great for me," said Romero immediately after walking off the 18th green. "This day is finally coming true."

"The scoring, it's no good, but it's all right," said Romero, who became just the fifth international player to win this Major and first since Australian Graham Marsh in 1997. He also joins fellow countryman Robert De Vicenzo (1980) as a US Senior Open Champion.

"I win the tournament, I take the trophy home, two US Opens now in Argentina," said Romero. "[Angel] Cabrera won the US Open [in 2007] and then I won this one, it's fantastic. And then it was beautiful when I'm walking to the 18th green; I see the fans. It's fantastic. It's fantastic."

One of the first to congratulate Romero was his great friend Cabrera, competing in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and winner of the US Open at Oakmont in 2007. “It’s great for Argentina, great for Eddie and great for everyone. It is wonderful for Argentina, two US Opens, two Majors. He will certainly have enjoyed it.”

It was Romero’s second Senior Major title following his previous victory in the JELD-WEN Tradition in 2006, and sits proudly against his eight European Tour titles.

Romero said he realised that the title was on his mind on the par four 15th. Funk had lost four strokes due to a double bogey and bogey on the two previous holes that afforded Romero a safe lead. And while Romero stumbled after going as low as ten under through ten holes with four consecutive bogeys, Funk's errors gave him a safe cushion playing the last.

Funk: "I would have at least like to have made it close. ... If I made the putt on the 14th for par, it at least might have given me momentum."

Ireland’s Mark McNulty was the only other player to finish under par, closing with a two under par 68 to finish at one under.

Greg Norman finished his three week run with a fourth place in the US Senior Open on level par after a joint third in The Open, joint fifth in the Senior Open Championship.


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