US Senior PGA: Romero takes 2-stroke lead

Updated: 27 May 2007 08:00 IST

Eduardo Romero took the sting out of The Ocean Course for a second straight day, grabbing a two-stroke lead at the US Senior PGA Championship.

US Senior PGA: Romero takes 2-stroke lead

Kiawah Island, South Carolina:

Eduardo Romero took the sting out of The Ocean Course for a second straight day, grabbing a two-stroke lead at the US Senior PGA Championship.

Romero, the first-round leader after a 4-under 68 in strong wind, shot a 70 in calmer conditions Friday to move to 6 under.

And the Argentine has dealt with few of the problems many others in the 50-and-over field have had over Pete Dye's seaside layout.

Maybe it was Romero's caution and concern that kept him trouble free so far.

"I told my caddie, 'We have to be very careful because double bogey and triple bogey are waiting for us,'" Romero said.

Instead, Romero used some big, accurate drives - he said his tee shot went about 380 yards on the par-5 seventh - to keep out front.

Japan's Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (71) remained second at 4 under. Nick Price, who won PGA Championships in 1992 and 1994, was next at 3 under after a 70.

Romero's steadiness

But it was Romero's unwavering steadiness that led the way. He birdied two of his first three holes to extend his lead. When he slipped with bogeys on the back nine's two difficult par threes, Nos 14 and 17, he quickly regained his form.

Romero's final birdie came at No 7, giving last year's Champions Tour rookie of the year his cushion over the field.

"I cross my fingers for the conditions to remain like this," Romero said, grinning.

The howling Atlantic wind Romero savors wasn't nearly as bothersome on Friday with gusts falling off to 15-25 kph (10 to 15 mph) - about half their first-round strength.

"I hesitate to say it was easier than yesterday, but the wind certainly was down," said defending champion Jay Haas, five shots behind Romero.

Still, there were other obstacles. The biggest was the par-3 17th, a treacherous hole that sliced up competitors during the 1991 Ryder Cup - and maintained its ferocious reputation on Thursday and Friday.

David Ishii made par there the first round, but on Friday put three balls in the water on the way to a 10.

Tateo "Jet" Ozaki's early run up the leaderboard was stopped cold by a triple on No 5. Denis Watson was a shot from the lead before his double-bogey 5.



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