Romero edges O'Meara and Sindelar at Toshiba Classic

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His victory in Newport Beach on Sunday was the 100th professional title of Eduardo Romero's career.
March 08, 2009
PGA TOUR staff

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Argentina's Eduardo Romero shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the Toshiba Classic by one stroke over Joey Sindelar and Mark O'Meara.

Inside the Numbers
Romero's Final Stats
Category Total Rank
Eagles 0 N/A
Birdies 17 1
Pars 31 T63
Bogeys 6 T56
Double Bogeys 0 N/A
Other 0 N/A
Driving Accuracy 71.4% T26
Driving Distance 289.0 yds. 5
Greens in Regulation 66.7% T28
Putts per Round 26.7 T4
Putts per GIR 1.611 4
Sand Saves 83.3% T5

Romero finished at 11-under 202 for his fifth career Champions Tour victory.

"I was very relaxed all week, especially during the final round," he said. "I made a stupid bogey on the last hole."

By then Romero had separated himself from a pack of four golfers that were tied at 9-under through 11 holes.

Romero made three consecutive birdies to start the back nine, while O'Meara, Denis Watson and Sindelar weren't able to keep pace.

"I won the tournament on the back nine," Romero said. "I played OK on the front, but I lost concentration. I got more focused on the back nine and changed things around."

Sindelar had the best round of the day at 8-under 63.

He began the day seven shots out of the lead with 23 golfers in front of him, but posted his 63 early and then waited to see if Romero would falter.

"I was starting better than middle of the pack," Sindelar said. "So 8 under I would have expected top 10 for sure and probably around fifth."

O'Meara and Bernhard Langer entered the final round with the lead.

O'Meara, who shot a 1-under 70, had the best chance to catch Romero but made a bogey on 12 and missed a 3-foot birdie putt on 16 that would have pulled him to within two.

"It was very disappointing," O'Meara said. "I didn't putt very well. I didn't play great, but I played good enough to win. I haven't been there in a while, but the nerves were out there. I just didn't make the putts."

Romero joins Rodger Davis (Australia), Jose Maria Canizares (Spain) and Langer (Germany) as the fourth international winner of the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

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