Eduardo Romero will once again hope to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Angel Cabrera when he defends his US Senior Open title at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, this week.
The 55 year old Argentine claimed his second Major title 12 months ago at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado, a year after Cabrera won the US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club.
With Cabrera winning the Masters Tournament in April, Romero is hoping he can replicate his countryman’s success once again and become only the fourth player to successfully defend the US Senior Open following Miller Barber (1984-85), Gary Player (1987-88) and Allen Doyle (2005-06).
“I’m looking forward to defending the title,” he said. “Last week I played well at The Senior Open Championship but just didn’t putt very well. I’m working hard though. My game is okay and to go to the US Senior Open as defending champion will be great.
“Crooked Stick is a fantastic golf course and it will be prepared really well. It will be a big challenge and it is a great field.
“After Angel won the Masters it was a big thing, not only in Argentina, but in Latin America in general. Everyone was really excited about golf. The game is growing and growing – it’s unbelievable and to be a part of that is great.”
Romero held off the challenge of Fred Funk by four strokes last year and the American is again in fine form heading to Indiana having lost in a play-off to Loren Roberts in The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard last week.
American Roberts, who defeated Mark McNulty on the third extra hole at Sunningdale after Funk’s first hole departure, will be hoping for back to back Senior Majors and his fifth in total.
“Hopefully I can ride a little wave of momentum here,” said Roberts whose first Senior Major title was the JELD-WEN Tradition in 2005.
“I went up to Crooked Stick and spent a few days up there practising about three weeks ago. So I have done my homework already and I should be a little bit more prepared than just showing up with a day to practise.”
Bernhard Langer will start among the favourites given his stunning form in America this year where he leads the US Champions Tour Money list courtesy of four victories already.
The two time Masters Tournament champion also finished fourth in last week’s Senior Open Championship, despite starting with a two over par round of 72, and is chasing his maiden Senior Major Championship.
Fellow former Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam, the 2008 European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner, also heads to Indiana chasing his first Senior Major to add to his own Green Jacket of 1991.
Woosnam’s 67 in the first round of the US PGA Championship in the same year as his win at Augusta National remains the lowest round in a Major Championship at Crooked Stick.
Other European Senior Tour Members in the field are Gordon J Brand, Mark James, Mark McNulty, Greg Norman and Juan Quiros.