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Late bogeys cost Andres Romero The Open

Andres Romero's spectacular British Open closing round took him to the brink of a shock major victory to match Argentine compatriot Angel Cabrera's U.S. Open triumph last month.

He finished a stroke away from the playoff pair, winner Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia, on six under after an extraordinary round of 67 containing 10 birdies, two double bogeys and two bogeys.

Romero, in only his second year on the European Tour and with a best finish of tied second in last year's Scottish Open, did not show signs of inexperience until the last two holes, mounting a spectacular charge down the closing stretch.

He stormed two strokes ahead of field but a double-bogey six at the 17th and a five at the 18th cost him dearly.

"I feel very pleased but the pressure certainly caught up with me, the pressure of the last two holes of such a big event," the 26-year-old Argentine told a news conference.

"I hit a very bad shot on 17 but I also had a lot of very bad luck when it ricocheted off the burn and went out of bounds. On 18 I hit a poor second shot.

"Last year I made my debut in the British Open and finished tied eighth, I've certainly enjoyed my experience this year and I look forward to playing next year.

"The best players in the world are here and I played with Jim Furyk who has been number two in the world. I felt I belonged here. There's no disappointment at all."

After a run of four successive birdies from the 13th, Romero stood two shots ahead of Garcia and Harrington.

Then on the 17th, he suffered a bad break when his ball ricocheted out of bounds, leading to his second double-bogey of the back nine.

On the 18th he missed the green and pitched to 10ft, only to see his putt rim out and his claret jug chances disappear.

Romero, no relation to his older compatriot Eduardo Romero, was also attempting to become the first from Argentina to hold the claret jug since Roberto de Vicenzo did it at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, in 1967.

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