2002: PGA European Tour - Romero turns back younger foes
You read it here first. Eduardo Romero is going to make a fortune on the Senior PGA Tour.
The 47-year-old Romero played like a man 20 years younger to win the Barclays Scottish Open July 14 at Loch Lomond. The powerful Argentinean defeated Fredrik Jacobson for the title when he holed a 9-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Romero shot 72-66-65-70 for an 11-under-par 273 total to earn the first-place check of 573,016 euros (approximately $567,515), the biggest of his career. Jacobson won 382,010 euros (approximately $378,343) for finishing second. Tim Clark of South Africa and England’s Roger Chapman tied for third at 10 under. Justin Rose finished fifth at 9 under.
Romero and Jacobson finished 72 holes tied at 11 under. Jacobson had led the field since his second-round 65, but conceded his lead when he three-putted the par-3 17th hole for bogey.
For the playoff, the pair returned to the treacherous par-4 18th hole. The famous loch that gives the course its name runs along the entire left side. Jacobson hit a 3-wood for safety, but Romero pulled out his driver and carried the ball 315 yards up the fairway.
He was left with only 120 yards to the flag. He hit his pitching wedge to 9 feet and holed the birdie putt for the victory.
“It was between a sand wedge and a pitching wedge,” he said. “I hit the pitching wedge. It was a fantastic shot. I think it was the best of the week.”
Romero, who has won 83 professional tournaments in South America, said it was the best victory of his career.
“It is important for me because I am 48 years old next week,” said Romero, who turned 48 on July 17. “I am not old, but compared to the young players, I could be their father. This is very special.”
Jacobson, 27, has finished second six times in his career.
“That was absolutely the best chance I have ever had to win a tournament out here,” he said. “I had it pretty much in control, but just over the last three or four holes, I got very nervous.
“I didn’t see much of the back nine to be honest. It was all a kind of fog. I tried to cope with it the best I could.”
Romero played with Jacobson in the final round and saw that the Swede was getting nervous over the closing holes.
“When he was chipping or putting, I saw he was shaking,” Romero said. “That’s normal. So I knew I had to just wait for my chance.”