LA JOLLA, CA - JUNE 06: NFL quarterback Tony Romo hits a shot during the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 6, 2008 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Much to the chagrin of the countless (misguided) fans who attribute Tony Romo's shortcomings to his very public enjoyment of golf, Golf Digest came out with their list of the 150 best athlete-golfers recently, providing ample evidence that the 29 year-old not only likes the game, but excels at it; at least, as far as non-golf athletes are concerned.
Romo ranks number one, beating out Titans' punter Craig Hentrich and former needle-enthusiast and home run champ Mark McGwire.
"Cowboys QB won two tournaments and finished second in another during the off-season," the article says. "Romo shot 71-69 to win the Will County Amateur in Crete, Ill., in April, and partnered with PGA pro Mark Walker to win the Northern Texas PGA Pro-Scratch Championship. In July, Romo finished second to Rick Rhoden at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. Because Romo doesn't update his golf handicap, we took his tournament scores from 2008 and '09, plugged them into a handicap calculator and came up with plus-3.3. We're confident Romo is a deserving No. 1."
Romo's presence on the list is no surprise, but he's by no means the only athlete with DFW connections to crack the list. Romo's teammate, CB Terence Newman comes in tied with four others at no. 118. Former Cowboys Troy Aikman (64) and Emmitt Smith (T-68) made the cut, as well.
The Mavericks Jason Kidd is the sole Mavs' representative, at 72.
Kevin Millwood joins Ian Kinsler (T-50) as the only Rangers on the list, tied at 73 with Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
The Dallas Stars contributed four to the list, with former players Jamie Langenbrunner (now with New Jersey, T-12) and Brett Hull (now Stars' president, T-6) joining current Stars Mike Modano (T-17), Brenden Morrow (44).
Dallas-native and Lions QB Matthew Stafford is tied with six others at 125.