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August 2 2013

6:23 PM

Romero pulls ahead at Montreux


Andres Romero is in contention once again at the Reno-Tahoe Open. (Dunn/Getty Images)

Andres Romero carded nine birdies Friday to take the clubhouse lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open. His birdie barrage allowed him to rack up 14 points in the Modified Stableford scoring format and take a three-point lead over Stuart Appleby, Charlie Wi and Rod Pampling.

“Today was a really, really good day,” Romero said. “I started to play very well then I made some mistakes. And I was kind of frustrated, you know, on the 10th and 11th. But after that, I started again and I finished very well.”

Romero started on the back nine and made the turn with eight points (4 under). He then doubled the first hole (losing three points) and parred No. 2 -- a gettable par-5 -- before rebounding with five birdies on his last six holes.

Romero hasn’t missed a cut since he changed putters following the HP Byron Nelson Championship – a run of five events that includes three top-25 finishes. A third-place finisher at Montreux in 2012, Romero says this course reminds him of some courses he played growing up in Argentina.

“Makes me remember home, you know,” he said. “The course is very similar. This one is better, though. And the environment is really nice. It’s a beautiful place. I feel very comfortable here.”

That comfort is evident, as no one can match Romero’s total of 59 points over the last six rounds in Reno.  Continued success would give Romero, currently 136th in the FedExCup standings, a great opportunity to move into the Playoff picture with The Barclays looming in just three weeks.

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