Tony Romo Shoots 69, On Way To Qualifying For 2010 US Open

May 24, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

Tony Romo shot a 2-under 69 at The Honors Golf Club in Dallas, Texas Thursday.  The round brought the Dallas Cowboys quarterback one step closer to qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open.

Romo finished in a tie for fourth-place.  His position in the field meant he might have to stay late Thursday, or early Friday for a playoff.  He left the course early for a prior engagement, but told tournament organizers to call him if he was indeed needed for a late playoff.  They did, and he came back to finish after the sun had vanished.

Six others, and two alternates advanced to a USGA sectional in June at the Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.  When the press asked Romo where he would be the day of the sectional, he joked that he would be in Dallas.

Playing the sectional will not conflict with Romo’s Cowboys schedule.  The last scheduled organized team activity will not be until June 8-10.  The sectional is played the day before on the seventh.  The U.S. Open falls on June 14-20 in 2010, and will be played at Pebble Beach Gold Links in California.

The Cowboy quarterback has always maintained that football comes first for him.  He stuck by that stance, as he skipped a chance to qualify for this week’s Byron Nelson Championship to participate in the first round of OTAs for the Cowboys.

He did take a day off Thursday to enjoy himself on the links, finishing strong with three birdies on his last four holes.  On the front nine Romo shot par with bogeys on holes four and five.  He then bounced back on six with a 16-foot birdie putt.  Another impressive putt came on eight when he touched a 38-footer that sat on the lip of the cup for a few seconds before rattling home.

A birdie on nine put Romo in a tie for fourth, and placed him in the playoff for the tournament.  He stressed the importance of remaining mentally tough throughout the round.

“That’s part of the thing, sometimes you have to overcome some of the bad breaks,” Romo said. “And mentally I stayed with it and kept thinking about the next shot and not worrying where I needed to be until the last couple of holes, and I think that helped.”

Other professional athletes that have attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open this year are John Smoltz, Josh Scobee, and Ryan Longwell.  All of the athletes, except Romo, have failed to qualify for the next round.

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have Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the favorites to win the 2010 U.S. Open.  Both Woods’ and Mickelson’s lines are set at 6/1.

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