Who's who: Eduardo Romero

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Who's who: Eduardo Romero

  • Name:

    Eduardo Alejandro Romero
  • Also known as:

    El Gato (the Cat)
  • Country:

    Argentina
  • Lived:

    [1954-2022]. Born on July 17, 1954 in Córdoba, Argentina. Died on Feb 13, 2022 in Villa Allende, Córdoba (aged 67).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Córdoba GC
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1980

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (2): US Senior Open (2008); The Tradition (2006). Total professional wins (100+), including European Tour (8, including the French, Italian, Scottish and Spanish Opens); PGA Champions Tour (5); European Senior Tour (2), and 80+ wins on the South American Tour. Represented Argentina in 14 World Cups of Golf (1983-2004).

Did you know?

Romero enjoyed a hugely successful international golf career. His crouched walk and tendency to creep up on and overcome his opponents, earned him the nicknamed "El Gato" (the Cat). A prolific winner on the South America circuit, Romero also notched-up eight European Tour wins, and also enjoyed much success on the US and European senior tours, where he won two senioy major championships.

Romero served as mayor of his home city, Villa Allende, near Córdoba in Argentina. It is said that in 2001 "the Cat" was attacked by his pet dog, inflicting nasty wounds to his leg and ankle.

Top tournaments won by Eduardo Romero

2009
America
Newport Beach, CA
202 (-11)
$255,000
Toshiba

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

Newport Beach, CA

Score

202 (-11)

Prize money

$255,000

Title sponsor

Toshiba

Played as the Toshiba Classic (March 6-8). Second-placed Joey Sindelar (USA) and Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Eduardo Romero (Arg), who posted the last of his five Champions Tour wins. [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, California].

2008
America
199 (-17)
$240,000
Dick's Sporting Goods

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

En-Joie

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Dick's Sporting Goods

Played as Dick's Sporting Goods Open (July 4-6). Second-placed Gary Koch (USA) and Fulton Allem (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Eduardo Romero (Arg), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

274 (-6)

Prize money

$470,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (July 31-Aug 3). Second-placed Fred Funk (USA) finished 4 shots behind Romero (Arg), who recorded his second senior major championship win. [East Course, The Broadmoor GC, Colorado Springs, Colo.].

2008
America
201 (-15)
$315,000
SAS Institute

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$315,000

Title sponsor

SAS Institute

Played as the SAS Championship (Sept 26-28). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 3 shots behind Eduardo Romero (Arg). [Highlands & Meadows hybrid course, Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC].

2006
Majors
275 (-13)
$375,000
JELD-WEN

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$375,000

Title sponsor

JELD-WEN

Played as the JELD-WEN Tradition (Aug 24-27). Romero (Arg) beat Lonnie Nielsen (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole to claim his first major championship title and first Champions Tour win. [South course, The Reserve Vineyards & GC, Aloha, nr Portland, OR].

2006
Awards
$909,229
see Score
Champions Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

Score

$909,229

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Champions Tr

Romero (Arg) won the Champions Tour 2006 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished 17th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $909,229.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

€54,847

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Wentworth Senior Masters (Aug 4-6; formerly Travis Perkins Snr Masters). Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) and Horatio Carbonetti (Arg) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Romero (Arg). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

2005
Europe
205 (-11)
€49,283
Travis Perkins

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

€49,283

Title sponsor

Travis Perkins

Played as the Travis Perkins Senior Masters (Aug 19-21). Second-placed Luis Carbonetti (Arg) and Nick Job (Eng) finished 8 shots behind Romero (Arg). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

2002
Europe
273 (-11)
€573,016
Barclays

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

€573,016

Title sponsor

Barclays

Played as the Barclays Scottish Open (July 11-14). Eduardo Romero (Arg) beat Fredrik "Freddie" Jacobson (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record the last of his eight European Tour wins. [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].

2000
Europe
261 (-23)
€250,000
Canon

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

261 (-23)

Prize money

€250,000

Title sponsor

Canon

Played as the Canon European Masters (Sept 7-10). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den) finished 10 shots behind Romero (Arg). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

269

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Scott Simpson (USA) finished in second place behind Romero (Arg). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].

1994
Europe
272 (-16)
£75,000
Tisettanta

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

£75,000

Title sponsor

Tisettanta

Played as the Tisettanta Italian Open (May 19-22). Second-placed Greg Turner (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Eduardo Romero (Arg), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Marco Simone G&CC, nr Laghetto, Rome].

1994
Europe
266 (-22)
£111,290
Canon

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

£111,290

Title sponsor

Canon

Played as the Canon European Masters (combined with the Swiss Open). Second-placed Pierre Fulke (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Romero (Arg). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

£58,330

Title sponsor

Peugeot

Played as the Peugeot Spanish Open. Romero (Arg) beat Seve Ballesteros (Esp) with a birdie at the seventh playoff hole. [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].

1991
Europe
281 (-7)
£66,660
Peugeot

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

£66,660

Title sponsor

Peugeot

Played as the Peugeot Open de France (75th). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) and Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Romero (Arg). [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].

1990
Europe
265 (-23)
£33,330
Volvo

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

£33,330

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the Volvo Open di Firenze (March 22-25). Second-placed Russell Claydon (Eng) and Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Romero (Arg), who recorded his second European Tour win. [GC Ugolino, Impruneta, nr Firenze (Florence)].

1989
America
Argentino GC
275
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

Argentino GC

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Luis Carbonetti (Arg) finished in second place behind Romero (Arg). [GC Argentino, Del Viso, Buenos Aires].

1989
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
266
£68,330
Lancome

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

266

Prize money

£68,330

Title sponsor

Lancome

Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Eduardo Romero (Arg). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Romero, Eduardo

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chile Open (Abierto de Chile). Won by Romero (Arg).

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