After Tony Romo finishes practice with the Dallas Cowboys next Monday, he’ll scamper over to open qualifying for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Romo fired an even-par 72 in the pre-qualifier on Wednesday to advance to the final round of qualifying. He’ll be vying against 255 other players for one of four spots to play against the big boys.
Romo might need to sharpen up his putting before Monday, though. According to the Dallas-Star Telegram, the Cowboys quarterback three-putted for bogey on 1, 9 and 10.
“Sometimes I’ve got to overcome the short game, because when I go out, I go out and hit balls, and I go out to be able to hit the fairway with the ball,” Romo said, “so I very seldom get a chance to work on my short game. It shows sometimes in these things. I went through stretches where I putted pretty good. It’s just part of the process.”
Romo showed his lighter side when he sank a four-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole, turned to the gallery and quipped, “Isn’t anybody going to clap?” Tough crowd, I guess.
Last year he also played in the Monday qualifier, but came up short with a 79. Maybe he’ll have better luck this time. Just pray he doesn’t get himself in a playoff situation — or whatever the golf equivalent is to this unfortunate choke job incident.