PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Tony Romo plays a tee shot during the 3M Celebrity Challenge at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 10, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo shot a 72 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club on Tuesday to advance to the Byron Nelson qualifying event next Monday. The only trouble is that Monday marks the beginning of organized team activities (OTAs) at Valley Ranch.
Now if the reader the sort of fan who honestly believes Romo's golfing is a distraction, he or she may settle down--and, perhaps, reconsider their theory. Romo, asserting his priorities, said that football takes precedence over golf, and that he will miss the qualifying if it conflicts with the workouts.
"If a tee time doesn't work out, you just can't play," Romo said, per the Dallas Morning News. "At the end of the day, football is what I do. Golf is enjoyable. It's fun to compete and try to be good at it, but it's more fun to compete and get better at football. I think everyone knows that."
According to Todd Archer's report in today's edition of the Morning News, Romo told Northern Texas PGA director of operations Mark Harrison on Tuesday, "Hey, if I make it, I'm going to need a late tee time." This would be in the afternoon, after Monday's team meetings have drawn to a close.
Harrison, per the report, said the NTPGA will do their best to accommodate the Pro Bowler, but nothing is certain; the organization won't have a clear look at the field in its entirety until Friday.
"We try to accommodate players if they need a certain time, but that could be affected by the number of players that advance to open qualifying," Harrison said. "That field won't be known until Friday after we know how many PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour players there will be."
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