Romero wins first European title in a decade in Munich

  • Romero wins first European title in a decade in Munich

Romero wins first European title in a decade in Munich

"I am satisfied. After ten years, winning on the tour again is great", said the 36-year-old Romero, who had not won any tournament since a triumph on the U.S Tour in New Orleans nine years ago.

Garcia and Bland came within inches of forcing a play-off on the 72nd hole as both required an eagle to tie Romero on 17 under, but Garcia's pitch was a fraction off target and Bland's 20-foot putt following a superb three-wood second drifted to the right of the cup.

Bland hit water on the 11th hole but recovered for his fourth birdie, and he followed up with an eagle on the 13th to move ahead.

The Swede is level atop the leaderboard with France's Stalter, who posted a four-under 68.

England's Richard Bland, who shared the overnight lead with Spain's Sergio Garcia, carded a three-under 69 on Sunday to finish one shot adrift of Romero. "I would say the greens are a bit smaller when it's this windy but if you're still hitting really good shots out there, it's scoreable".

Garcia had held a share of the lead at the turn after a hat-trick of birdies from the seventh but dropped shots on the 14th and 17th stalled his momentum before he carded a closing birdie in a round of 70.

"I'm not on top of my game by any means but I think it was a good kind of professional fighting display", Stenson told the European Tour's official website.

"I'm in a good position", said Bland.

Garcia is playing his first event in Europe since his Masters win.

First round leader Wade Ormsby slipped further from contention when he could only produce a round of 73 today and is now in a share of 28th place while Richard Green is 66th.

In-form Englishman Tommy Fleetwood finished four shots behind Romero on -13, alongside Renato Paratore of Italy, while Sweden's Rikard Karlberg was just above them on the final leaderboard on -14. So I'm happy with that.

"I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day".