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Romero wins first title at Deutsche Bank

ALVESLOHE, Germany (AP) — Andres Romero won his first title on the PGA European Tour at the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship on Sunday, a week after his near miss at the British Open.

The 26-year-old Argentine, a surprise third at the British Open, fought through a steady downpour to produce a final round 2-under 70 and finish at 269. Denmark's Soren Hansen shot a 64 and England's Oliver Wilson had a 66 to finish tied three strokes back at 272.

"I didn't expect my first win to come this quick, but I played great in the Open last week," Romero said. "Coming here I was thinking maybe it could be my time — a lot of things are going on inside."

Australian veteran Peter O'Malley was fourth - five behind Romero after a final-round 65.

Romero led by five strokes by the seventh hole and his attacking style delighted the German spectators, as it did for fans watching the British Open. At Carnoustie, he collected 10 birdies in the final round before a two-stroke lead slipped away on the final two holes.

A drive into a soaked rough here produced a ninth hole double bogey, cutting his lead to two strokes, but steady golf afterward produced an easy victory, even though Romero didn't appear to play any hole safely.

"I try for a birdie on every hole," Romero said. "I have a lot of confidence after last week."

A 12-feet putt curved in for a final hole birdie for Romero, who won $810,000 and earned a five-year European tour exemption. Argentine fans then doused him with beer and champagne.

"I loved the way I finished," Romero said. "I like the way the Argentinians celebrate all the time and I'm happy they treated me that way."

The Argentine recorded three eagles and 22 birdies at the event. On Sunday, it was so bad players left the protection of umbrellas only long enough to take a shot.

"I'm desperate for some sunshine, I can't take any more wind and rain," Wilson said.

Romero's title came in his second year on the European Tour. His rookie season already drew attention, with four top-10 finishes, one of them a second at the Scottish Open.

Brett Wetterich finished tied seventh with a 70 and 276, along with another American, Charley Hoffman, who scored a final day 69.

South Africa's Rory Sabbatini, another player from the U.S. tour, charged back from an opening day 78 to finish with a share of 11th at 277. He recorded a 68 Sunday after rounds of 65 and 66.

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