PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 11: John Daly fist bumps with Tony Romo on the 15th hole during round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course on February 11, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The AT&T National Pro-Am had its opening round on Thursday at Pebble Beach, with the colorfully-dressed, chain-smoking John Daly teaming up with Tony Romo, the quarterback of your Dallas Cowboys. Whether it speaks more to Romo's abilities (he is a scratch golfer) or Daly's recent slide, the San Jose Mercury-News said that "at times, you couldn't tell which was the pro, which the amateur."
Romo and Daly ended the day tied for 65th on the leaderboard, and looking--and, later, sounding--like the oldest of friends.
"John's a good guy and you want to see him do well," said Romo. "He's fun, but he's competitive. It's a good combination."
Romo contributed two birdies to their cause, but deflected any praise for his golfing ability. "No, I'm not that good," Romo said. "I'm just trying to improve and have fun."
Daly, who vowed two weeks ago that he was "done" with golf, ended up with three birdies of his own, to go with an eagle, 11 pars, two bogeys and a double bogey; he hit a rough patch through the mid-stages of the course though, in which Romo more or less carried the duo.
"He's a good player. We had a good time," Daly said. "I had it going for a bit. I putted badly all day. It was nice to finish off with one (successful birdie putt)."
The two will play Spyglass Hill on Friday, and return to Pebble Beach on Saturday; the top 25 Pro-Am pairings will advance to the final round.