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Tony Romo will tee it up in a PGA Tour event next month

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Tony Romo will make his PGA Tour debut at next month’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

Romo, who has unsuccessfully tried his hand at U.S. Open qualifying in the past, was granted a sponsor’s exemption into the field. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback maintains a +0.3 handicap.

He’s in the field (as an amatuer) for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he said

“As an athlete, I think you always want to play and compete. Obviously, I have a passion for golf and I’ve been doing it at different tournaments throughout my life. I think it’s an honor to be presented with that opportunity and get a chance to play with some of the best players in the world and get to test your game and see what you got.”

The current CBS NFL analyst was mum on the prospect of pursuing a professional golf career, but No. 9 clearly understands it’d be an uphill battle.

“You never know how good you are until you go play and perform, and ultimately, the odds going against these guys are not great. I think we all know that. But I think that’s what makes it really fun and enjoyable, and I also think the challenge that’s presented is what a competitor really wants.

Romo failed to qualify for last year’s U.S. Open. He made it to sectional qualifying in 2010, but was ultimately forced to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.

PGATour.com’s Mike McAllister, was willing to daydream about the possibility of Tony Romo: Professional golfer.

“More important, for the first time in his life, he has the time, the health and the desire to make golf a daily part of his life. So maybe he gets more invites into TOUR events. Maybe he sees progress. Maybe the competitive juices flow just like they did when he quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys.”

“And maybe one day, he chases membership onto a professional tour. Consider this: Romo has 13 years to fine-tune his game for the PGA TOUR Champions. He could follow the same path as another former NFL quarterback, John Brodie, who retired from the NFL at age 35 and eventually became a Champions member once he turned 50, even winning one event.”

And for what it’s worth, die hard Cowboys fan Jordan Spieth had this to say about Romo’s professional prospects

“He’s going to practice it all the time. That’s all he’s been doing. Yeah, I think that’s not out of the realm at all.”

In some sense, Stephen Curry’s performance at last year’s Ellie Mae Classic on the Web.com Tour, readjusted our expectations for professional athletes playing professional golf. While it’s tempting to say 37-year-old Romo doesn’t have a prayer of playing professionally, who knows?

One thing is for sure: There will be a few more eyeballs trained on the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship next month, which is the point of sponsor’s exemptions after all, right?

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  1. Curt

    Feb 9, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Regardless of the good stats Romo had with the Cowboys all I ever felt from his results in football was HUGE disappointment and frustration so I’ve had enough Romo for a lifetime. Even to the point where its a little uncomfortable watching games he’s commentating.

  2. Simms

    Feb 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    John Daly has just about wore out his sponsor exemptions with missed cuts may as well get another name out there.

  3. 4Right

    Feb 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Can’t anyone just wish Tony well? He is a golfer like most of us, man everyone just hates… I bet most would trade places with him to get a chance to play in a tour event… And I live in DC, go skins…

  4. Gio

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    lol @ +0.3 thinking he has a chance.

    has he won state championships as of yet?

    • Mike the Am

      Feb 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      I don’t think he said he had a chance to do anything other than play with the greatest golfers in the world. He’s a pro athlete, an elite by definition. You give the guy some years, maybe he becomes another John Brodie, all those guys on the tour playing to somewhere between +4 and +9 were once scratch also, and they got there.

  5. the dude

    Feb 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Romo…..feel free to make plans for the weekend (off the course). At the same time, I get the purpose…it’s a publicity “thing”..

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If GolfWRX sponsored a player on the PGA Tour, who would it be?

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Here’s an interesting question: In an environment of hat/visor deals being divested from club deals, and more players going without headwear sponsorship than we’ve seen recently, what if GolfWRX sponsored a Tour pro?

LYG, original poster, posed the question

“If all Golfwrx members put in $100 — and we REALLY sponsored someone, who would it be?

“ASSUME we could afford anyone. (That’s a big assumption — please don’t reply how we could not afford this…even though some people will still go down that rat hole).

“Who WOULD YOU WANT?”

As you can tell from his liberal use of all caps: LYG is passionate about the subject, and kudos to him for kicking off an excellent discussion.

Here are a few of the suggestions.

GatorMD says: Jason Dufner

MtlJeff says: “We could easily afford it. You can get your logo on a top 50 player for 50-100k. Henrik Stenson? I’ve never heard a bad thing about him here.”

Night train says: CH III

Duffer987 says: James Hahn

Beluga99 says: I think KJ Choi’s weekly club changes would get my vote as representative of the wider Golfwrx.
Bladehunter says: Now this is a great idea!!!! I vote Harold Varner 100%…. William Mccgirt would be my #2 guy .

And of course, there are plenty of mentions of Tiger Woods scattered throughout.

So, what do you think, GolfWRX members? Who ought to have the honor of wearing the GolfWRX logo on his hat? What master tinkerer and unrepentant club ho? What tryer of techniques and scholar of swing science?

Let us know who you think the man for job ought to be.

My vote: After Jason Dufner paid out of pocket for those National Custom Works irons, he sealed the deal. Let’s get Dufner in this WRX 9FIFTY snapback!

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Jeff Golden issues statement on Florida Mid-Am incident

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Jeff Golden is sharing more details about the events of May 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

If you recall, police were summoned to Coral Creek Club during a rain delay in the Golden-Marc Dull final. Golden alleged Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face during a parking lot altercation. Dull and Hibbs both deny the incident occurred.

Rather than paraphrase or pull quotes, it seems appropriate to post the majority of Golden’s statement as is, since it’s his attempt to speak for himself and set the record straight.

“When my name was announced on the first tee, my opponent’s caddie immediately asked an off color question. I laughed off the timing of that question, along with many other examples of bad etiquette to come. Alcohol appeared to be influencing his behavior. I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor. On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated because I was forced to back off my shot two different times when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the match referee following our group.”

“The ruling that came from the caddie’s comments on the ninth hole started because of a simple question that I posed: “Was that advice?” I thought this was the only way to slow down the caddie, clean up the etiquette and play a gentlemanly match. I felt justified in my decision, especially since my opponent then asked his caddie, “Why did you say that?” The caddie recused himself from the match, but he didn’t leave the property.”

“…I didn’t even get my bag out of my car when the caddie reappeared and said he’d like to apologize. I most likely had a smile on my face, because I was ready to put the past behind us, and he punched me in the face. I was knocked to the ground, and by the time I looked up, he was walking away, to my surprise, toward the clubhouse. The pro shop is a separate building, so that’s where I immediately went for help. The inside of my mouth was bleeding and my face was throbbing. I realized my hand was also hurting –that’s what broke my fall instead of my head.

“The pro shop employee called the police and was extremely helpful, getting me ice and offering any help I needed. The police arrived, and the deputy concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify pressing charges. I gave a recorded sworn statement to the deputy recapping the events.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf. Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated “ex-caddie” punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

“The FSGA gave me one option when the rain stopped. I had to play. My opponent had the option to concede the match and take responsibility for his caddie, but he told me he had nothing to do with what occurred.”

Golden further indicated that he conceded the match because of “physical and emotional distress, pulsing pain in my face, dizziness and cuts on my right hand.” He indicated he was surprised the FSGA didn’t suspend the match.

With respect to that point, it’s probably worth pointing out that FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

The FSGA hasn’t provided additional comment or modified that statement.

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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs

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Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…

Per PhysicalLiving.com

“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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