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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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Rick Shiels shoots +41 in 3-round pro-am tourney. GolfWRX members discuss.

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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Rick Shiels’ golf game did not travel with him to coastal Spain. Sorry, Rick, (who is by all accounts a great guy). The YouTube personality, instructor, and club reviewer extraordinaire teed it up in the three-round Costa Daurada International Pro-Am at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain.

Shiels carded rounds of 88, 88, 79 to finish at 41 over par, last in the field of 17 golfers and seven strokes worse than any other pro.

Not surprisingly, GolfWRX members are discussing the popular YouTuber’s performance and asking some tough questions.

Londoner writes

“This is not intended as a bashing thread. We have all had rounds where it felt like our first. But I thought pros had some level of consistency cracked. Ric hit 41 over for 3 rounds in a pro am…
The winner was +2. How does a pro unravel like that?”

Cornwall1888 suggests

“He’s simply not very good, that’s why he makes money from YouTube and sponsors, not playing golf. He’s probably a 2 or 3 handicap who had a terrible week.”

Stumpnav continues the thought that Shiels may simply not be a good tournament player

“I think Rick spends most of his time at the range using his launch monitor and not enough on the course. He knows how to play swing but not how to play golf. Doesn’t diminish his instructional ability or the enjoyment of his channel.”

Hawkeye77 doesn’t think the scores necessarily reflect his abilities as a player

“On vacation with his family, little or no play or practice in winter, not all that surprising. I’ll bet anyone he played with had a great time.”

Plenty, like Merkury10, defended Shiels and offered potential explanations

“All pros can have a stinker like that. We just aren’t watching them on Sunday. They either missed the cut or played the early tee time not televised. I agree with what was said earlier. I suspect he spends the majority of his time in the hitting bay and not out trying to shoot low scores. Rory 5 putted this weekend, and he’s no Rory.”

03trdblack has a theory about where Shiels is deficient

“Serviceable swing but his chipping and putting are pretty bad. He’s a driving range pro that lives on the GCQuad instead of on the practice green.”

There’s much, much more to the discussion and plenty of hot takes on both sides…and plenty of folks who loved or hated the new Driver vs. Driver panelist before he fired three miserable rounds. In other words, you’ll want to check out this thread.

And it’s neither here nor there, but still worth disclosing, Shiels contributed to this site in the past. You can see his archive here.

 

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Jordan Spieth is a disgusting, pathetic thief, according to Billy Hurley III

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Allow your boiling blood to cool, golf fans. While Billy Hurley III did in fact call Jordan Spieth disgusting and pathetic (among other things), it was all in good fun. And believe me, you’ll have no regrets about clicking through to this article.

Spieth and Hurley are both running for chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council which, not surprisingly, advises Commissioner Jay Monahan on policy decisions.

Davis Love III is the current PAC chair, and the election to determine his successor ends February 13. In a calculated 11th-hour attack ad, BH3 tore into his opponent in this brilliant satirical video.

Spieth, for his part, enjoyed the Golden Man’s spot.

This is hilarious stuff. Really, really well done. Hurley has long been a favorite at GolfWRX for his brand agnosticism, and he gave us a hell of an interview back in 2015.

Well played, Mr. Hurley. You’ve got GolfWRX’s vote.

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Lee McCoy blasts Colombian golf fans, claims they harassed him for his hat, shoes, other “free stuff” during tourney

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Lee McCoy, wasn’t exactly pleased with fan behavior at the Web.com Tour’s Club Colombia Championship in Bogota, where the tied for 20th.

Now, we can’t vouch for the decorum outside the ropes at Country Club de Bogota. One’s tempted to remember some of the clueless spectator antics at the Olympics in Brazil last year. That said, there’s the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and both Web.com and PGA Tour events in South America where we assume fans are acting appropriately, so painting with a broad brush in any color doesn’t make sense.

We’ll stick to the facts, then: No Laying Up’s Tron Carter tweeted the following pair of emojis Sunday night. He appeared to be responding to a since deleted tweet, which we can assume was the one screenshotted in his following tweet.

In a seeming rebuttal to McCoy’s claims about fan behavior, and as a suggestion for how professional golfers ought to interact with spectators, the co-founder of ProTraj Holdings tweeted a shot of tournament winner, Ben Taylor signing autographs.

McCoy deleted his Twitter shortly thereafter.

We attempted to reach Lee via his management, TLA Worldwide, but did not receive a response. McCoy did, however, offer the statement below to Golf Digest.

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