Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfing legend, died of cancer at the age of 67. He was known as “El Gato”—The Cat on the golf field for his stealthy stalking of his opponents.
Romero had been out of competition for some time due to sickness, and he died on February 13 in Argentina at the age of 67 from cancer complications. On February 5, doctors notified Romero that his condition was terminal and sent him home from the hospital. Romero’s passing was verified by the Municipality of Villa Allende in Argentina on Sunday evening.
Romero was a frequent winner on the Argentine Tour, winning 44 times, including the 1989 Argentine Open. Only De Vicenzo has more career championships than him among Argentine professionals, with 44. He has won five more events in Argentina and Chile, as well as competitions in Chile and Mexico.
Romero won eight European Tour titles during the course of a 13-year period. He won the 2008 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina won the first U.S. Senior Open in 1980, defeating amateur William Campbell by one stroke
He also won over 80 times on his own continent and 14 times for his country in the World Cup of Golf, placing second in 2000 alongside Angel Cabrera on home soil. While retiring, he said,
“I think I’m satisfied with my career. If I had any debt, it was not winning a major in my time. I was close at the British Open, but at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. I did what I could, and I’m happy with what I achieved.”
The whole golf community is covered with sorrow at his death. Thomas Bjorn said, “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.”
Ken Brown said, “Eduardo Romero ‘ El Gato ‘ the beautiful golfer. What a man! Such a warm character! With a kind heart! Inspirational! Generous!..and always smiling! #legend We’ll all miss ‘the cat’ RIP”
The legend will always be remembered by golf fans around the world.