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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.31.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Slick looking custom job from SNRG Design.

Great giveaway from Cayce Golf.

Raw lefty flatstick from NCW Putters.

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How about a raw lefty version?

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Dropping Friday from Sugar Skull Golf.

JT’s Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Dark Rhodium from the 2017 PGA Championship.

Beauty shots of Bayonne Golf Club courtesy of Ncr1183.

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Bayonne was built on an old sanitary landfill covered with 7 million cubic yards of fill, much of it dredged from the harbor to efforts to make the harbor deep enough for supertankers. The deposits were piled up to 10 stories high, which developer-designer Eric Bergstol then shaped into towering faux sand dunes. The course is an ode to Irish links, with no trees, cart paths or level lies. Fairways flow down narrow valleys, edged by steep slopes laden with tall, wavy fescues. Bunkers are deep and often fearsome. A few greens sit right above the harbor and all putting surfaces have confounding humps, bumps and rolls. Tucked away down a bumpy, unpaved road past a strip mall in blue-collar Bayonne, N.J. is this private, walking-only enclave.

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Phil Mickelson teases “The Match” Part 2

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With sports around the world currently at a standstill because of COVID-19, sports fans have been clamoring for any type of live-action. According to Phil Mickelson and a recent tweet he replied to, we could be seeing some live golf sooner than you might think.

We can take it for what it is right now—pure speculation, but Phil is known as a showman, and more often than not willing to back up some of his most interesting claims.

He even replied to a followup with “I don’t tease, I’m kinda a sure thing.” We will forgive the obvious grammatical errors since it was on Twitter and cross our fingers that if anyone could figure out a way to produce some live mic’d up golf its Phil.

My only hope is that after staff and production expenses are taken care of, there is a large charitable element to what could potentially be the Match Part II.

 

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Golf on social media: Joe Buck’s play-by-play on JT’s hairline, Stenson’s hilarious Tour story, and Kjeldsen’s great impressions

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We’re taking a look back at golf on social media over the last seven days, with some of the highlights from a week that featured trick shots, impressions and some questionable decisions.

Søren Kjeldsen giving us his best golf impressions.

Joe Buck giving us a play-by-play on Justin Thomas’ hairline.

Abraham Ancer with the questionable call of making and then posting this video.

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Euro Tour pro Robert Macintyre nailing this elaborate trick shot.

Brilliant ‘Tour Tale’ from Henrik Stenson.

Justin Rose showing off his tidy trick shot skills.

 

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