Andres Romero appears to like the modified Stableford format. The Argentinian is the second round leader at the Reno – Tahoe Open with 22 points. He’s hoping that his second career victory will come this week at Montreaux Golf and Country Club. Birdies on each of his last four holes vaulted Romero into the lead – but a one point lead is by no means safe with 36 holes left to play, especially in a modified Stableford set-up. Gary Woodland is in second place one point back while Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling and Charlie Wi are a mere three points behind.
He has a good history at this event, having finished third here last year. “I feel very comfortable here. Makes me remember to home, you know?” Romero said through his caddie / translator. “Last week I made 22 birdies and two eagles. If you made all those birdies here and eagles, it’s very good for you.” Yes, 22 birdies and two eagles are impressive in any format.
If he hopes to extend his lead over the next two days, Romero is going to have to continue to attack. In this format that awards zero points for par and negative points for scores over par, that is a difficult thing to do, however. He will have to balance the need for scoring with the mentality that he simply can’t afford to drop points.
This event is still incredibly wide open, as the scoring can swing wildly on each hole. I, for one, am looking forward to the excitement of weekend golf at this event.