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Golf: Erratic Romero back in the hunt.

ANDRES Romero produced more of the erratic but exciting golf which almost brought him a shock Open victory in the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship today.

Romero held a two-shot lead with two holes of his final round to play at Carnoustie after an amazing 10 birdies, four pars, one double bogey and one bogey.

Playing just the third major championship of his career, Romero looked set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Argentinian Angel Cabrera, who won the US Open at Oakmont just five weeks earlier.

But the 26-year-old's second shot to the 17th took a wicked bounce off the wall of the Barry Burn and ricocheted out of bounds, and he followed a double bogey there with a bogey on the 18th to eventually miss the play-off between Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia by a single shot.

Romero showed few ill effects from that late collapse with an opening 68 four days later in Hamburg, and more attacking golf took him top of the leaderboard on a blustery second day at Gut Kaden.

Starting from the 10th, Romero ran up a double-bogey six on his second hole of the day, but typically followed that with four straight birdies.

After a rare par on the 16th, he also birdied the 17th to be out in 33 and into the outright lead on seven under par.

He was soon joined by Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, the former Ryder Cup star also starting on the back nine and covering it in 34 before picking up shots at the third and fourth.

Overnight leader Simon Khan had slipped back to four under par.

Khan dropped three shots in his first seven holes to reach the turn in 38 and continued an inconsistent display with two more bogeys and one bogey on the front nine to drop back into a tie for 13th with three holes to play.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 27, 2007
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