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Munich Miracle

by Mike Cullity

Andrés Romero’s golf heyday came nearly a decade ago. He finished third in the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie, a shot out of the playoff between eventual winner Pádraig Harrington and Sergio García, a week before winning a European Tour event in Germany. Eight months later, he notched his lone PGA Tour victory, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Last week, the 36-year-old Argentine returned to Germany to compete on a sponsor exemption in the European Tour’s BMW International Open, having earned less than $100,000 in five PGA Tour starts this season. Ranked 837th in the world, Romero made a hole-in-one during the first round and closed with a 65 to win in his first European Tour start since 2012. Among those tied for second, a stroke back, was García, now the reigning Masters champion.

Another green jacket winner, Jordan Spieth, stunned Daniel Berger at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot for birdie and victory on the first playoff hole in Connecticut. Spieth became the second-youngest player (23 years, 10 months) in the modern era to win 10 PGA Tour titles, trailing only Tiger Woods, who was four months younger when he won the 1999 Motorola Western Open. (Jack Nicklaus was 24 when he won his 10th, the 1964 Tournament of Champions.)

Meanwhile, So Yeon Ryu displayed grand form in winning the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ryu, 26, shot 61 in the second round and set a tournament scoring record of 18-under par for 54 holes. Winner of the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, amid the Lexi Thompson rules imbroglio, Ryu enters the tour’s impending stretch of three majors in six weeks a good bet to capture another.


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