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Romero was introduced to the game in his hometown of Yerba Buena, as a caddie at a nearby club, and was taught to play by an uncle. "Mucho, mucho talento," said his countryman Cabrera after Romero's run at Carnoustie. Romero decided to switch from the European tour to the U.S. this year. Why? "Too cold," he said.
The decision has paid off. He has conquered America, in a way, and next week he'll play his first Masters. He talked with other players, he said, "and they recommend me to especially practice the greens; that's the most important thing."
This week, those players who don't have a Masters invitation but can get one by winning a tournament have one last shot in Houston. They'd love to end up alongside Romero, practicing the greens.
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"My son, who's 11, asked me where I bought all my trophies."
Thanks to a $2 million contribution from the PGA Tour and some pro bono work by Pete Dye, TPC Louisiana has come back from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Other courses in New Orleans haven't been as fortunate.
COURSE: Bayou Oaks