Sam Torrance: Andres Romero showed class to end his drought, but Sergio Garcia will feel robbed

 
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Romero was only playing at the invitation of a sponsor (Source: Getty)

It’s the sign of a quality player if, after almost a decade in the wilderness, you can convert with minimum fuss when the chance to finally win another tournament comes along.

That is exactly what Andres Romero did on Sunday, when he won the BMW International in Munich – his first title anywhere since 2008 and a first on the European Tour for 10 years.

Romero – playing on a sponsor’s invite – wobbled slightly at the 18th hole, when he left a 20-foot eagle putt that would have guaranteed victory well short.

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But the man who finished third in the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 composed himself to hole out beautifully, as he had for most of his seven-under-par final round of 65.

A one-shot win over Sergio Garcia, England’s Richard Bland and Thomas Detry lifted Romero 655 places to 182 in the world rankings, but more importantly earned him a two-year exemption on the tour.

That is enormously important and gives him a great platform to build on this success.

Stolen from Sergio

Garcia may feel it was stolen from him, however. The Masters champion played virtually perfect golf all week in Germany but just could not buy a putt on Sunday.

A lot of rain fell on the Saturday night and that will have softened the greens considerably, making them very spongy.

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Garcia's putting let him down on the final day (Source: Getty)

That can throw you and affect your confidence, but I don’t think Garcia has any lasting cause for concern.

It was also a near miss for Bland, who shaved the last hole with a putt to force a play-off as he chased his first European Tour title in more than 400 attempts.

Detry, meanwhile, really caught my eye. The 24-year-old Belgian possesses a beautiful game with a wonderful swing and seems to be very, very patient.

His fellow countryman Nicolas Colsaerts told me that he rates Detry very highly and I can see why. He looks a class act and is certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Jordan Spieth reminded us all just what a prolific winner he is by winning the Travelers Championship – his 10th PGA Tour title – in some style on Sunday.

Spieth, who doesn’t turn 24 until next month, is the second youngest man ever to reach the 10-win milestone in the United States, after the great Tiger Woods.

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Spieth (right) holed a bunker shot for a spectacular win (Source: Getty)

He might look like a choirboy but his competitive edge and ability to close out tournaments make him something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

The Texan rode his luck on the back nine, with bogeys at 12 and 14 sending him into a play-off with Daniel Berger, but did superbly to hole a bunker shot for the most spectacular of victories at the first extra hole.

England’s Paul Casey had another nearly week three shots back, while Rory McIlroy’s 64 on Sunday was encouraging. He simply hasn’t played enough but four good rounds will come together soon.

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