Romero comes back to field at Senior PGA

Eduardo Romero, Senior PGA, third round
Mary Ann Chastain/AP
Eduardo Romero of Argentina has a two-shot lead going into the second round.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Eduardo Romero's not worried about how big a lead he might have had - only that he's the one on top at the Senior PGA Championship.

Romero missed the chance to take a four-shot lead or more into the final round, bogeying his last two holes Saturday.

"It's OK,'' he said. "I'm still leading. I've got one more round to go.''

Romero was 9 under and four shots ahead after a birdie on the par-3 14th, but hit into a bunker on the 17th hole, leading to one bogey. Then he missed a 7-foot par putt on the 18th hole to tighten up a tournament he appeared to have a lock on.

Still, the Argentine star was 7 under after his 71, two strokes better than Denis Watson (69) and Nick Price (70). Naomichi "Joe'' Ozaki (72) was fourth at 4 under.

Romero's miscues "let the three of us back in the tournament,'' said Price, whose three major titles include two PGA trophies.

No one else was under par after three days at Pete Dye's seaside layout.

Romero had played the best of anyone through two rounds of wind gusts as high as 31 mph - and urged the nearby Atlantic to do its worst because Romero grew up playing far breezier rounds in his native country.

Even though gusts slackened, Romero's game did not until the end. He had gone 17 holes without a bogey before closing with two straight.

Even with Romero's late mistakes, Price thinks chasing him down Sunday will be a chore.

"I don't think he's going to lay down. He's playing so well,'' said Price, who was part of Romero's threesome.

Romero remains poised for a second straight major on the Champions Tour - he captured The Tradition in his rookie season last summer - and to become the first international player to take this tournament since Gary Player did it in 1990.

Romero's not concerned about the pressure - he said he saw his face on the front page of an Argentine newspaper - of trying to close out the tournament.

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