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
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV