Andres Romero threw down 10 birdies Sunday at the 2007 British Open before finishing a shot out of the playoff. Had he parred Carnoustie's 17th — instead of making double — the Claret Jug would have been his (although he did come back to win the '07 Deutsche Bank Players' Championship the following week). We swapped e-mails with the 26-year-old Argentine, who'll play in all four 2008 majors. (He's learning English, but it's still better than our Spanish.)
Golf Magazine: What was the best part about your third at the British?
Andres Romero: It gave me confidence, especially in majors. I think that Augusta will be affordable for me.
Affordable? You're gonna buy the place? What was worst about finishing third?
I was so close to victory after 16, then I couldn't have opportunity to make playoff.
What's one thing you did in winning the Deutsche that you didn't do at Carnoustie?
I didn't make a mistake at 17. But I don't think it was a bad shot, just bad luck.
What do you do for fun? How do you spend a morning?
Take my car and go to the club for breakfast with friends, even when I am not at home but in tournament.
Name one thing you wanted when you didn't have money?
A high-class car. [He drives a Dodge Ram 2500 and a BMW M3.]
What's your hidden talent?
I practice left-handed. [He shoots in the 80s.]
If you had to get a real job, what would it be?
Pro soccer player!
Your favorite meal?
Breaded veal Napolitana.
What do you refuse to spend money on?
Clothing. I would spend on watches and music equipment for my cars. My favorite watch is Audemars Piguet.
Sounds expensive. Hope you have enough left to buy Augusta!