Tony Romo (Northern Texas PGA photo)
After mixed results in summer amateur events – and, let’s face it, disappointing results in his three previous PGA Tour starts – former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was back among professional golfers this week. He played the PGA Tour’s Safeway on at Silverado Golf Club in Napa Valley, Calif., on a sponsor exemption.
After one round, things were looking good. Romo opened the event with a 2-under 70 on Thursday that included five birdies. That round left him in a big tie for 28th that included such names as Patrick Rodgers, Maverick McNealy, Max Homa and Dylan Frittelli.
On Friday, however, Romo teed off late in the afternoon and could never channel the same magic he had on Thursday. He turned in 4-over 40 on his way to a 78 that left him outside the cut once again. Still, it was by far his best showing in four PGA Tour starts.
Retired from the football field, Romo now spends his fall in the analyst booth for CBS. According to PGATour.com, Romo is scheduled to work the Minnesota Vikings-Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field on Sunday.
With a fourth PGA Tour start as an amateur under his belt, we thought it was worth looking back at Romo's competitive-golf highlight reel from the past two years.
Romo made his PGA Tour debut at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
in the Dominican Republic, but with rounds of 77-82, he was last in the 132-man field.
Despite sharing the first-round lead at the Carlton Woods Invitational in his home state of Texas, Romo fell down the leaderboard to an eventual T-8 with closing 74s.
Romo secured the win at the Racine Tri-Course Amateur, and by some amount. He took a five-shot lead into the final round at Meadowbrook Country Club (his home course, which hosted the final round after Racine Country Club was the site for Round 1 and H.F. Johnson Park Golf Course played host in the second round) and boasted a birdie-birdie finish. His 7-under-208 total, made up of rounds of 68-71-69, was good for the second-lowest score in tournament history.
This start went largely unnoticed, but in the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, Romo fired rounds of 75-71-70-72 at Minocqua Country Club to finish at even par and in a tie for 13th. The state amateur is never a bad place to see where you stack up.
Romo’s quest to advance through the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament ended early when he finished T-72 at a First Stage qualifier in Garland, Texas. The top 22 and ties advanced to the second stage, and Romo never seriously contended after an opening 79 put him far back in the field. He steadied himself with rounds of 73-73-72 for a 13-over 297 total.
Another trip to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship ends in disappointment. This time, Romo had rounds of 79-80 to reach his 15-over total and finish next-to-last in the 128-man field.
Even with the home-course advantage, Romo failed to make it to the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Romo made a logical sponsor exemption for the PGA Tour stop at his home course, Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, but rounds of 76-74 left him well outside the cut.
AmateurGolf.com got a one-on-one interview with Romo to produce this Q&A
When Romo was looking to boost his summer schedule, he leaned on advice from other top-level players. They pointed him toward the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta. Romo was inside the top 25 after an opening 2-under 70, but had to withdraw in the second round with back issues.
AmateurGolf.com caught up with Romo on his way out of the course that day
Romo’s play at the Northeastern Amateur, one of the most competitive amateur events of the summer, was short-lived. Romo withdrew after two rounds at Wannamoisett Golf Club in Rumford, R.I., citing back pain. He had opened with rounds of 71-79.