Eduardo Romero Dies Aged 67

Argentina's eight-time European Tour winner Eduardo Romero passed away at the age of 67 from cancer

Eduardo Romero celebrating his Scottish Open win
Romero with his wife and daughter after winning the 2002 Scottish Open
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Former Scottish, French and Spanish Open champion Eduardo Romero has died at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.

"Along with Roberto De Vicenzo and Angel Cabrera, he was one of the best golfers in the history of our country," a statement said, according to La Voz.

The cat or 'El Gato' as he was known, had a total of 75+ professional victories including eight European Tour titles, five Champions Tour wins including the US Senior Open and an incredible 44 Argentine Tour victories.

Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Romero is considered one of the greatest South American players of all time. He played on the European Tour from 1988 to 2005, twice winning the European Masters and picking up his final victory at the 2002 Scottish Open. He also won both the French and Spanish Opens, where at the 1991 Spanish Open he defeated Seve Ballesteros in a playoff.

Romero was also the winner of the Champions Tour's 2006 Rookie of the Year award and went on to win the 2008 US Senior Open at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska.

Eduardo Romero with the US Senior Open trophy

Romero after winning the 2008 US Senior Open

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Tributes from the golf world have poured in for the likeable Argentine.

"This really hurts.. Eduardo was the nicest man," Thomas Bjorn said. "A great friend that always was a pleasure to be around. He had a big game but more importantly an even bigger heart. RIP, dear El Gato, A true great ambassador for Argentina and for our game."

"Eduardo Romero ‘ El Gato ‘ the beautiful golfer," Ken Brown said. "What a man! Such a warm character! With a kind heart! Inspirational ! Generous!..and alway smiling! #legend We’ll all miss ‘the cat’ RIP."

A note from the author...

Eduardo Romero and Elliott Heath

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This one has hit particularly hard today as Romero was the first golfer I ever watched back in 2005 at the Wentworth Senior Masters, which he won and then successfully defended a year later. Little 10-year-old me was in awe of his ball striking and both my dad and I were particularly mesmerised by his Callaway heavenwood hybrids off the tee, which he was getting out there 280 yards plus around the stunning Edinburgh Course at Wentworth time and time again. Romero immediately became my favourite golfer and we watched him every day of the tournament, and he then remembered us the next year when we came back to watch him everyday again. He is certainly one of the reasons why I fell in love with golf. RIP El Gato. An amazing golfer and clearly a very good man too.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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