ENGLAND’S VIRGINIA WATER – Eduardo Romero, an Argentine golfer who competed on the European Tour for three decades, has passed away. He was 67 years old at the time.
On Monday, the tour announced Romero’s death without providing any other information. Romero had been diagnosed with cancer, according to reports.
Between 1989 and 2002, Romero was known as “El Gato,” or “The Cat,” for winning eight titles on the circuit.
His first victory came at the Trophée Lancôme in France, and his most recent came at the Scottish Open, where he triumphed in a playoff to become the tour’s third-oldest champion – just three days before his 48th birthday.
Romero won over 80 tournaments in South America and was a member of Argentina’s World Cup and Alfred Dunhill Cup teams.
He made a smooth transition to the senior tour, winning major championships at the Tradition in 2006 and the United States Senior Open in 2008.
“He was a fun guy to be around who always played golf with a smile on his face,” said Keith Waters, chief operating officer for the European Tour group. “He was an important part of a special group of Argentinian golfers who played on the European Tour in the 1980s and 1990s and then on the Seniors Tour in the 2000s.” He will be missed greatly.”
This really hurts..
Eduardo was the nicest man.
A great friend that always was a pleasure to be around.
He had a big game but more importantly an even bigger heart.
RIP, dear El Gato,
A true great ambassador for Argentina and for our game.
— Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) February 14, 2022
Very sad great guy was always smiling RIP Eduardo https://t.co/CLRuCCPxKx
— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) February 14, 2022
Triste noticia la partida del Eduardo “El Gato” Romero. Una leyenda y gran ejemplo para todos los golfistas latinos. Que Descanse en Paz Amigo. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/UqZTxgJceS
— Jhonattan Vegas (@JhonattanVegas) February 14, 2022
Such sad news. Eduardo was one of the good guys. My thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/T0DT9HOLlR
— Colin Montgomerie (@montgomeriefdn) February 14, 2022
Sad news, what a lovely man.
RIP El Gato….🙏🏼 https://t.co/M4ZbH1edLJ
— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) February 14, 2022