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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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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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