Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Romo advances in Qualifying Tournament
August 31, 2018
By Stewart Moore, PGATOUR.COM
- August 31, 2018
- Tony Romo finished at 2-over to advance through the pre-qualifying stage. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo posted rounds of 72-72-74—218 (2-over) to advance through the pre-qualifying stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in Lantana, Texas, on Friday. Romo, who was one of 39 players to advance from the Lantana Golf Club site, will now proceed to First Stage as he attempts to secure 2019 Web.com Tour membership. First-stage fields will be set the week of September 10.
Romo entered the Qualifying Tournament as an amateur with a +0.4 handicap via the Texas Golf Association. Per Web.com Tour regulations for the Qualifying Tournament, amateurs can compete provided their handicap index does not exceed 2.0. He may turn professional at any point through the qualifying process, and therefore become eligible for tournament earnings available at Final Stage, should he make it.
Romo began the week on Wednesday morning at the suburban Dallas course with an even-par 72 and followed it up on Thursday with a matching 72, thanks to birdies on his opening two holes.
On Friday, Romo entered the day 11 shots off the lead, but on the qualifying number at even-par 144. Playing in the day’s 8:15 a.m. grouping off No. 1 (for a second consecutive round), the current NFL on CBS analyst turned in even-par 36 before bogeys on 10 and 11 gave way to an errant tee shot and an ensuing bogey on the par-5 13th. Romo rallied thereafter, notching birdies on 15 and 17 to finish at 2-over 74 and 2-over for the week.
“It was kind of what I expected. Everyone playing here is an accomplished, really good golfer and you have to play good to be in the mix,” said Romo when asked about the experience, approximately two hours before scores were finalized. “We were in it until the end and we’re going to find out right now as we’re close to the number. I birdied 17 and made a good putt on 18, so we’ll see how it turns out.
“Just to see where your game’s at ... the more you play, the more you put yourself in an environment with really good players, the better chance you’ll get a feel for what you’ve got to practice. Coming out here, I’ve been playing some pretty good golf, so I wanted to see where the game finished at the end of the summer. Then we’ll have a good six months to practice and get ourselves ready. I’ve been practicing for about four or five months, so just starting to practice real golf and there’s a lot of improvement that has happened, so I’m excited."
Romo, the Cowboys’ starting quarterback from 2006 through 2014, competed in the PGA TOUR’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor’s exemption in March of this year, posting rounds of 77-82—159 en route to missing the cut. He attempted to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Open in April but carded a 5-over-par 77 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and failed to secure one of the eight sectional qualifying spots. The 38-year-old has also competed in several amateur and celebrity events, winning the prestigious American Century Championship in July.
First Stage will be conducted between September 25 and October 12, at 12 sites across the United States. Players advancing from pre-qualifying are assigned their site on order of preference based on their respective finishes. Texas has two First Stage sites, in Garland (Sept. 25-28) and The Woodlands (Oct. 9-12).