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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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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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