The Loop

Argentina winner again?

HAVEN, Wis. -- Argentine Eduardo Romero went a long way toward matching countryman Angel Cabrera's U.S. Open victory by shooting a first-round 66 Thursday morning in the U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits. Romero hit 11 fairways, 15 greens and had 28 putts to set the early pace. His naturally powerful swing was in peak form.

"The late Dave Marr had the best line," recalled Curtis Strange. "He said, 'There is not a swing thought in the whole continent of South America.' That's the way they play. Even Vicente [Fernandez, who shot a first-round 69]. They get over it, they've got great grips. There is not a swing thought. It's just beautiful to watch."

Lest anyone think the natural, flowing, uncomplicated actions come without a sweat, however, think again. Romero said he hit 500 practice balls Wednesday afternoon trying to groove the swing that has been his for a long time. "We start to play golf when we were 5 years old, you know?" said Romero. "I never change the swing. We start with the same swing, and it's a natural swing."

-- Bill Fields