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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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Brooks Koepka says Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero

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On Monday, while speaking on SiriusXM during a PGA Championship media tour, Brooks Koepka claimed that Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero when he was adjudged to have improved his lie in the bunker by moving sand from behind his ball.

The four-time major champion was typically in no mood to mince his words when asked by host Sway Callaway whether or not he felt Reed had cheated at the event, responding “Yeah” before adding

“I mean, I don’t know what he was doing, building sandcastles in the sand but you know where your club is. I took three months off, and I can promise you I know if I touched sand.”

Koepka further compared Reed’s actions to the controversy surrounding the Houston Astros who were caught stealing signs during the 2017 World Series, stating

“It’s one of those things where you know if you look at the video; obviously, he grazes the sand twice, and then he still chops down on it. 

“I guess the Astros are going through that right now. Jim Crane said it when he got asked, ‘Is it cheating?’ And he said, ‘No, we just broke the rules.’ If you play the game, you understand the rules. You understand the integrity that goes on. I mean, there’s no room for it.”

The 31-year old also suggested that incidents like the Reed controversy go “on a little more than people think” on Tour and though he has “bitten his tongue in the past” he expressed how if he were to see a player improving their lie going forward he would “call them out.”

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.18.20)

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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.

Jason Dufner’s custom Scotty.

Twisty Neck from Mackmade Workshop.

One for Team Europe supporters.

Our Johnny Wunder showing his sweet looking Fourteen SF714 5W some love.

Great giveaway from Sugar Skull Golf.

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An awesome look at Palmetto Golf Club courtesy of Jonathan Evans.

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

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The young Euro Tour pro in the WGC-Mexico field whose inspiring story you need to know

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World Golf Championships are reserved for the elite players in the sport, and joining that group this week for the second time in as many WGC events is Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who has overcome a number of arduous hurdles on the road to cracking the world’s top-50.

For those unaware, Bezuidenhout’s destiny was shaped earlier than most when on the streets of his native South Africa the then two-year-old picked up and drank from a bottle of coke – the contents of which contained rat poison.

The South African narrowly avoided death after the hospital completely pumped his stomach to purge him of the poison. Still, the poison infected his nervous system, leaving Bezuidenhout with a speech impediment that would have him develop a severe case of anxiety.

In a blog post for the European Tour last year, the 25-year-old explained the depths of the level of anxiety the stammer caused him growing up.

“I was basically just living in my own world because I was always scared of having to engage in conversation. When I talked to people, I knew I would struggle and it would take time for me to deliver my words, so I always had a fear of answering the phone, saying my name or being asked a question.”

Through therapy, Bezuidenhout got his life back on track but was then hit with another bombshell in 2014 when he was nominated for a random drug test that resulted in him being handed a 2-year ban from the sport.

The South African had been prescribed Beta Blockers to help control his stutter, and his sentence was subsequently reduced down to nine months.

What has happened since then has been a remarkable rise from being outside the world’s top-1500 on his return and outside the world’s top-500 at this point last year, to inside the world’s top-50 at the age of 25.

Victory on the Sunshine Tour in 2016 was Bezuidenhout’s first triumph. He then followed that up last year, hitting the headlines by winning one of the most significant European Tour events on offer, the Andalucia Masters.

Since then, the 25-year-old has gone from strength to strength. He finished third at the European Tour’s flagship event – the BMW PGA Championship, before recording a top-15 finish at the DP World Tour Championship to end 2019 inside the world’s top-100 for the very first time.

In 2020, things have only got better.

After a playoff defeat at the Dubai Desert Classic, the South African finished T21 at the Saudi International before notching a win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am last week for his second win on the Sunshine Tour. A victory which included a clutch eagle on the final hole to win by a stroke, in a week where he recorded a mammoth 29 birdies.

From rat poisoning, crippling anxiety, and a drugs ban, Bezuidenhout is now the second-highest ranked South African player in the world and will compete in his second WGC this week, having finished T17 at the HSBC Champions back in November.

Bezuidenhout’s story is inspirational and a testament to his courage and defiance. He’s a player which you are surely only going to hear more and more of on golf broadcasts in the future, and a man who will have his eyes firmly set on securing a spot at this year’s Masters – a feat he will achieve should he remain inside the world’s top-50 at the end of March.

 

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