Andres Romero loves Germany

Andres Romero

Some ten years ago, Andres Romero won the Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe at Gut Kaden Golf and Land Club. Then losing somehow his swing, trying to get into the PGA Tour, playing on the Challenge Tour without any success, the talented Argentinean vanished, with no playing rights in Europe whatsoever.  Amazingly the world rankings #837 got a sponsor’s invitation for a tee time at the 29th BMW International Open and won it, in front of Sergio Garcia, young Belgium talent Thomas Detry and Richard Bland one stroke behind. here what they said after the final round.

Andres Romero (65, -17)
“I am really happy to win on the European Tour again after ten years,” Romero said. “I always felt I had a good chance today once I birdied the 8th and the 9th. I can now join the European Tour again and would like to thank BMW for inviting me to play in this fantastic event. This is a life-changing moment.

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia (69, -16)
“It was a good week. I felt like I played well enough to win for sure. Obviously a couple of missed putts here and there today and some really good putts that didn’t want to go in. So it was difficult to get anything going. You have to give credit to Andres. With no status, he’s neither here on the European Tour or the PGA Tour, to go out and shoot 65 today, I’m happy for him. Any time you have a chance of winning, there’re a lot of good things. I think that there were a lot of good ones there. Just got to keep working hard and keep putting myself in this kind of situations.”

Richard Bland looks now to a far better second part of the season


Richard Bland (69, -16)
“I’m pretty gutted but I gave it a good run. I just got caught in between clubs on 17 and it was the only shot I didn’t commit to all day. And even the poor shots that I hit today, I was committed to them and that was the only one I just didn’t commit to. So, proud of the two shots I hit on the last and just didn’t quite hole the putts. But I’ll come back next week at the French Open and try it again. The form that I’ve been showing the last three, four months, if someone offered me second place or a putt to make a play-off on 18, I’d probably snap their hand off. It’s a big step forward for me this week and I’ve just got to make sure that I keep making steps forward and finish the year strong.”

Thomas Detry

Thomas Detry (66, -16)
“You always have that little bit of a sour feeling in yourself when you finish just short. But overall, super happy with the way I played. It’s my first top two ever on the European Tour. I couldn’t be happier and I’m very excited for the weeks ahead. My game is feeling great and who knows, maybe in the next weeks. I knew my game was in very good shape. I wasn’t putting great and now I’m making some good putts, it’s good to be in that position on the weekend. I think the more you get into those positions, the better you can deal with them. So I’ve just got to keep doing my thing and the win will come soon.” MI/PPH