Romero wins The Tradition with a birdie

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Eduardo Romero knocked in a 2-foot birdie putt to win The Tradition, the final major this season on the US PGA Champions Tour.

Romero wins The Tradition with a birdie

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Eduardo Romero knocked in a 2-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Lonnie Nielsen on Sunday to win The Tradition, the final major this season on the US PGA Champions Tour.Romero almost eagled the first playoff hole, leaving his 19-foot putt just short on No 18 Nielsen bogeyed the hole.Romero was in the clubhouse at 13 under, after closing with a 15-foot birdie putt, when Nielsen birdied the par-5 No 18 to force the playoff.Romero, an Argentine, crept up the leaderboard with an eagle and three birdies on the front nine. His eagle on No 4 bounced on the green from 71 yards out and rolled in the cup.He finished with a 65, the low round of the tournament, for a 13-under 275 total. Nielsen had a final round of 70 on the par-72, 7,150-yard course at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club west of Portland.Regulation holeRomero has played in just three other events this year, but was the runner-up after a playoff with Loren Roberts at the Senior British Open. After his birdie on the final regulation hole, he pumped his fist and blew kisses before retreating to the clubhouse to see if it would hold up.The shot of the day was by Bruce Summerhays, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 No 11. He hit a 5-iron from 185 yards into the hole.Nielsen and Bobby Wadkins shared a one-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round. Wadkins had a 71 to finish at 12 under. Nielsen still never has won on either the Champions or PGA tour.Roberts, the defending champion, fell apart on the final day with a 76 to finish at 6 under. (AP)



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