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Tony Romo won an amateur event by 9 strokes. Does this matter?

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Sure, Tony Romo failed to qualify for the U.S. Open and finished last in his PGA Tour debut at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship recently, but things aren’t all bad for the CBS analyst and his golf game.

According to The Journal Times, No. 9 won the Racine Tri-Course Amateur Championship in Wisconsin by nine shots Sunday–the win was his second at the tournament, which he also won in 2004.

Romo lead by five strokes heading into the final round, which was contested at Meadowbrook Country Club, Romo’s home course (haters will be keen to point to this fact). Rounds one and two were held at Racine Country Club and H.F. Johnson Park Golf Course, respectively.

“I stayed aggressive,” Romo told The Journal Times. “I took mostly conservative lines and aggressive swings, and that’s the approach you take when you have a lead. When you’re hitting it as solid as I’ve been hitting it, you can trust it — commit to the swing and hit it.

Indeed! The Journal Times report also indicated Romo is working with Chris O’Connell and Andy Traynor from Plane Truth Golf and he feels the pieces are falling into place.

What this means for his future professional prospects is unclear, but a nine-stroke win in any event is a notable feat, right? Or not so much?

Let us know what you think, WRXers.

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  1. Tartan Golf Travel

    Jul 11, 2018 at 2:01 am

    I agree with most. He’s a sold amateur. Most pros would give him at least 2-3 a side and beat him handily. Stick to amateur golf Tony.

  2. E

    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Stop hating, be happy for the guy

  3. Eric

    Jul 10, 2018 at 9:45 am

    He is a good amateur player. Nothing less and nothing more

    • Chris P.

      Jul 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Perfectly stated. People who think Romo can make it on the PGA Tour simply don’t understand how wide the gap is between good amateurs and tour pros. They think it’s the distance from the Earth to the moon when it’s more like from the Earth to the Sun.

  4. Johnny Penso

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I just attended a Mackenzie Tour event here in Windsor, ON and watched a young kid named Mark Anguiano shoot the lights out at my 7000 yard links style course, shooting 24 under par. One of the guys chasing him, a Canadian named Taylor Pendrith, was driving the ball as much as 340 yards in the holes I followed him on. I’d say they have a far better chance of making the PGA Tour than Tony Romo.

  5. JB

    Jul 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Tony is a nice guy and a very good golfer with a 0% chance of making a living on the pro tour. Still pretty cool story though!

  6. David

    Jul 9, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    That depends. What did he shoot? Even if the courses are easy, three straight rounds under par is a nice showing.

    • Jack

      Jul 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      68-71-69

      • Joe

        Jul 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

        Definitely not a +5 which I’ve heard is the MINIMUM to consider teeing it up to make a payday….

  7. ChipNRun

    Jul 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Let’s see… Former San Francisco QB John Brodie is the only NFL veteran to have won a pro golf tournament.

    [quote]”After retiring from the NFL, Brodie played from 1985-1998 on the Champions Tour, earning a dozen top-10 finishes and winning the 1991 Security Pacific Senior Classic by defeating George Archer and Chi Chi Rodriguez in a playoff. He suffered a serious stroke in 2000.”[/quote]
    http://www.usga.org/articles/2014/01/football-or-golf-john-brodie-didnt-have-to-choose-21474865804.html

    Brodie had significant experience with competitive golf (see article link for details):
    * Despite being Stanford University’s starting QB, he played two seasons of NCAA golf for his school. This meant he skipped spring practice for football.
    * Played in the 1959 and 1981 U.S. Opens, the longest recorded gap between appearances. (Got cut both times).
    * Upstart golf pro Jimmy Ballard – who originated The Connection teaching method – credits Brodie with introducing him to the idea of using video instant replay to analyze golf swings, just as the NFL teams used video tapes to analyze past games.

    So, can Tony Romo make it on the pro tour? That’s what everyone is asking. We’ll just have to wait and see. He would probably want to warm up for a season or two on Web.com tour, or something similar.

    • 3puttPar

      Jul 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      He wouldn’t make it through the qualifying stages to make the Web.Com Tour. Hes a solid amateur golfer, I don’t even think he’d make any money on something as simple as the Pepsi Tour or Dakotas Tour.

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 1. Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Having been born and raised in Ireland, I can safely say that this little island offers a fantastic amount of breathtaking natural beauty, some of the best bars in the world, as well as magnificent golf courses.

In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit that go a little under the radar in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Beginning with my area on the east coast, Wicklow, which is situated just below Dublin and therefore very easy to reach. Wicklow offers plenty of stunning views and is home to some beautiful golf courses. After Glen of The  Downs shut its doors last year, the cream of those courses now has to be Woodbrook Golf Club, which is an underrated gem.

Right off the bat, Woodbrook shows its uniqueness with its clubhouse. The old pavilion-style clubhouse resembles that of a cricket club, which is due to Sir Stanley Cochrane, the club’s founder, and his fondness for that sport. Inside the clubhouse, you will find all your usual facilities in pristine condition, with the walls displaying plenty of famous faces who have played the course in the past.

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Woodbrook has excellent credentials as a course, hosting the very first revived version of the Irish Open in 1975. The golf course is situated on the coast and offers stunning views of the Irish Sea on one side and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains on the other. So no matter how you’re playing, your day out will be a treat.

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Always in immaculate condition, Woodbrook offers up a stern challenge, and despite being a flat course, when the wind blows this a true links test. Unusually, the course features five par 3s and five par 5s, and you will want to avoid the nasty fairway bunkers if you can.

18 holes at Woodbrook GC will set visitors back a little over $50.

Food & Drink – the Harbour Bar, Bray

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A five-minute taxi will take you right onto the seafront where you will find The Harbour Bar tucked away. A very traditional Irish bar full of character that describes itself as “scruffy, wild and elegant”. The Harbour Bar was once voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet, and even gets mentioned in the iconic novel “Finnegans Wake,” written by Ireland’s very own James Joyce.

The music and good times rarely stop in this place, and although most nights you will hear traditional music played in the bar, there are also plenty of occasions where modern artists and comedy acts take to the stage in the lounge.

As far as drinks go, you’re never going to go wrong with a pint of the black stuff anywhere you visit in Ireland. However, if you want to sample a local craft beer, try a pint of Wicklow Wolf, the deep and rich tasting lager that is brewed just up the road. Soak up the booze by ordering the Fish And Chips for about $15 from the Fish Bar located in the same complex that offers up a variety of fishy goodness.

Where To Stay

If you decide to stay in the town, then the seafront of Bray is undoubtedly the most attractive area to spend your time. The Martello is a nice little hotel smack back in the middle of the seafront, and a double room for the night costs around $85. For slightly extra, you can stay in the Strand Hotel just a few doors down, the building which was the childhood home of Irish writer Oscar Wilde.

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A half an hour away from Dublin on the train, Bray is also a great spot to stay to explore the capital at a fraction of the price. There are a plethora of things to see and do in Dublin itself. For general sports fans, my recommendation is to try and catch a game of hurling, Ireland’s national sport, in the 80,000 seater stadium Croke Park.

How To Get There

From the centre of Dublin, this area of Wicklow is easily accessible. It will take about 30 minutes to get here in a car, or you can take the train from the capital right into the heart of Bray. On your ride, you’ll get to admire Dublin bay, and you’ll also get a sneak peek of Woodbrook GC just before your stop.

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Video (allegedly) of Anthony Kim discussing Woods-Mickelson match posted on social media

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Sightings of Anthony Kim are about as rare as those of Bigfoot these days, which makes the short video posted yesterday on social media from the guys over at No Laying Up quite a development.

In the video, Anthony Kim (or someone who sounds and looks a lot like him) surrounded by a multitude of dogs, discusses Friday’s upcoming match at Shadow Creek between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

It’s not clear where the original video emerged from, and though in it Kim is discussing this week’s $9 million shoot-out between Woods and Mickelson, previous false alarms regarding Kim’s whereabouts means that when it comes to AK, social media users are always wary of being disappointed.

Anthony Kim last played on the PGA Tour in 2012, and in 2015 the American described the game as just “a fond memory” now.

What do you think about the authenticity of the video, GolfWRX Members?

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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