Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo loves golf. And he's very good at it. And this year, he's going to be at the site of the U.S. Open anyway. So he might as well try to play in the tournament, right?
Actually, attempting to qualify for big-time professional golf tournaments is nothing new for Romo. He has tried multiple times to qualify for the U.S. Open and for the Byron Nelson Championship. He hasn't succeeded yet, but he hasn't embarrassed himself, either.
The USGA reports:
A year ago, the 28-year-old Romo nearly qualified for sectionals in Dallas, shooting even-par 72. He also recently posted a respectable 3-over 73 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas during the pro-am for the PGA Tour's EDS Byron Nelson Classic. And in April, he tied for 34th at the Azalea Amateur in Charleston, S.C.
Scott Verplank, the 1984 U.S. Amateur champion, served as his pro-am partner at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic
"He's a good player," Verplank told the Dallas Morning News. "Obviously, when he's not playing football, he spends a little bit time playing golf."
Romo's local qualifier for the U.S. Open takes place May 7 at The Golf Club of Dallas. Hunter Haas, Jaxon Brigman and Scott Gutschewski are among the others in the field, so head out to Golf Club of Dallas and watch the qualifier if you're in the area.
As for why Romo will be at the site (Torrey Pine Golf Course, San Diego, Calif.) of the U.S. Open already: He's one of the three celebrities (the others are Justin Timberlake and Matt Lauer) taking part in the Golf Digest U.S. Open contest. The three celebs, plus one "regular" golfer - the contest winner - play Torrey Pines on June 6, just prior to the Open.