FARMINGDALE, NY — The first round is currently in a weather delay so what better time to read the transcript of Argentina’s Eduardo Romero from his press conference. The Big Cat, the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion, told a great story about how reigning Masters champion Angel Cabrera considered skipping Augusta this spring because he was dissatisfied with his form.
Romero talked his fellow countryman into playing. Who knew!? Note to Romero: You are officially off Kenny Perry’s Christmas card list. Here’s Romero recounting his exchange with Cabrera:
“I have a little history about the Masters with Cabrera. I practiced with Cabrera a week before the Masters and [he] say, ‘I don’t think I’m playing the Masters.’ I say, ‘Why?’ [He says,] ‘Because my game is not very good and I’m feeling bad. I feel my putting is terrible.’
I say, ‘You have to go. The golf, you never know what happened. Sometimes one day you go to the golf course and the windows open and you can see very clear.’
[Cabrera said], ‘Maybe, I don’t know.’
‘Come on, come on,’ [I said].
[Cabrera said]: ‘Okay. I’m thinking about it.’
And then he comes and won the Masters. Finish the tournament, the day after that he called me. ‘What did I tell you?’
‘Okay, thank you very much,’ he said to me.
But sometimes he needed somebody to push him.”