Romero wins, Norman fourth at US Senior
BY Bruce Young | Champions Tour | 2008 US Senior Open | Round Four | 04 Aug 2008
Eduardo Romero has continued an already outstanding season on the US Champions Tour by taking out the most coveted title in seniors golf, The US Senior Open, at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.
The 54-year-old Argentine won his second event of the season after his victory three weeks ago at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and just last week finished third and just one shot behind the playoff at the Senior British Open.
Romero took control of this week’s tournament with his brilliant third round of 65 and although, like so many others, he struggled through his back nine holes, he had enough in store to win by four over Fred Funk and by five over Mark McNulty.
Funk was Romero’s only serious challenger in the final round but when he stumbled to a triple bogey at the 13th his challenge and any risk to Romero was effectively extinguished. Romero appeared shaky with four consecutive bogeys early in the back nine but he had done enough to create a cushion and he had that luxury over the closing holes.
For the third time in as many weeks, Greg Norman again finished frustratingly close to the finish line after making up a lot of ground over the weekend to finish 4th, following his third at the Open Championship and his 5th place at the Senior British open last week
“Frustrating. It’s frustrating. I knew it was going to be a tough day today. I knew it was going to be harder today because the way the USGA set up the golf course. I needed a couple more breaks and didn’t get them. Quite honestly, even is pretty good, but very frustrating.”
“I gotta get over these last few weeks, and I got a lot of work to do the next couple months. And I’ll start thinking about that at the turn of the year. I’m looking forward to going back. It’s one of my favorite places to play golf. I want to get back there, got a lot of great friends back there, and want to take Chrissie. Pretty important,” said Norman when asked about his return to Augusta in 2009.
The only other Australian in the field, Wayne Grady, missed the cut by three shots.