Tony Romo to try qualifying for US Open

  • Tony Romo to try qualifying for US Open

Tony Romo to try qualifying for US Open

Just about a month after retiring from the National Football League and taking a job in the booth with CBS, the 37-year-old Romo, who actually is a very talented golfer, is one of approximately 9,000 golfers vying for 51 exempt spots at the 117th U.S. Open, which will take place this year at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

A USGA spokesperson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that qualifiers will comprise about half of the 156-golfer field at this year's U.S. Open, to be held next month at Erin Hills in Romo's home state of Wisconsin. Romo had his first go at qualifying in 2010 when he made it out of local qualifying before withdrawing.

While four years have passed since he posted a score, Romo has a +0.3 handicap according to Golf Digest.

The former quarterback is turning his hand to golf attempting to qualify for the US Open
The former quarterback is turning his hand to golf attempting to qualify for the US Open

Romo retired from football and joined the CBS broadcasting team as an analyst on April 4. His health issues caused him to put off golf so he could focus exclusively on football, but now that he's put that game behind him he can pursue his secondary dream. Right now I stink, but I see signs of life. From talking to the guy who works on his clubs and plays with him, I hear he's putting really well. "He's always been a good putter". However, he was unable to play in the sectional qualifier because it conflicted with Cowboys off-season activities.

Assuming that Tony Romo's back doesn't literally split in half on his first swing of his round, I'm hoping we get to see him compete in the USA open after he tries to qualify.

"It's a links-style golf course, so it's going to take somebody who putts and drives well", Finn said.