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Romero rolls on

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NORTON, Mass. – Steve Stricker has been dubbed in Tour circles “Mr. September” for his performance in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but Andres Romero seems intent on challenging for that title.

Since the playoffs began the Argentine has jumped from 115th to 100th to 68th in the game’s version of single elimination. Romero secured his spot next week at the BMW Championship thanks to a closing 72, but it wasn’t easy. A bogey at the 16th hole dropped him dangerously close to the top-70 cut off but he finished tied for 11th to play another day.

All total, four players moved into the top 70 at the Deutsche Bank, including Tom Gillis (T-5), 2008 FedEx Cup champion Vijay Singh (T-11), Jason Dufner (T-18) and Romero.

“I’m proud of what I’ve been through and hopefully it gives some strength to other players that have fallen on hard times,” said Gillis, who has never finished inside the top 125 on the money list.

Conversely, four played their way out of the remainder of the playoffs, with Padraig Harrington (MC) dropping the furthest from 57th to 73rd. Joining Harrington on the sidelines for the rest of the playoffs will be Chris Couch (MC), Lucas Glover (T-65) and Charles Howell III (T-67).