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Romo A No Go For Byron Qualifier

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    PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 12 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo knew when he advanced beyond last week's pre-qualifier for the Byron Nelson that he may not make it to the next stage of the annual tournament.

    The Cowboys' organized team activities began today, as did the qualifying stage of the Byron.

    Romo still could have played, potentially, if he had a late tee time. But with just 85 players in the field--six fewer than are needed to require an afternoon tee time--Romo was scheduled to begin his round this morning around the same time he was scheduled to arrive at Valley Ranch.

    As he said he would after advancing last Monday, Romo opted for football.

    "Sure, it would be fun to play in," Romo said, per the Dallas Morning News, "but my juices will already be flowing because it's the first practice of our off-season, and I'm really excited about that."

    Romo's only chance to play now would be a weather delay which, looking outside my window, seems highly doubtful.

    "In a way, Tony was unlucky that a few more players did not enter. If we had a handful more players, we could have accommodated his late tee time request, and he would have definitely been able to play after his football commitments," said Mark Harrison, director of operations for the NTPGA. "As it stands now, I am sure Tony will be watching the weather during practice Monday morning and hoping for some rain."

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