Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, current CBS broadcaster and longtime amateur golfer Tony Romo will compete in his first PGA event next month.
Romo, 37, has played in numerous Pro-Am events before but will tee up with the pros at the tour's Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic on March 19-25.The tournament is held the same week as the Dell Technologies Match Play, however, and will not feature any of the top 64 players in the world.
“As a professional athlete, the love and thrill of competition never entirely leaves you,” said Romo. “Outside of my family and football, golf is one of my greatest passions. So, playing and competing in a PGA TOUR event is a dream come true. I am grateful to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship for giving me an incredible opportunity to test my skills against some of the best on TOUR.”
Romo, who is playing with Will Zalatoris at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week, said he received a sponsor exemption to the new event.
“As a first-year PGA TOUR event, we are elated to have Tony Romo accept our offer to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship,” said Grupo Puntacana Founder and Chairman Frank Rainieri. “Tony Romo rose to an elite level in professional football, and then quickly became a popular and well-regarded broadcaster for CBS when he retired. He has a history of achieving success in the face of major challenges. And now he’s going to face a new one, the rare opportunity to compete as an amateur against the world’s best golfers. We are very excited to see how this plays out.”
Romo, who carries a +0.3 handicap at the Dallas National Golf Club, has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open three times.
"In 2010, Romo advanced to the sectional stage of qualifying for the national championship, but was forced to withdraw due to his practice schedule with the Cowboys. Last year he participated in the prestigious Western Amateur, where he was unable to advance to match play. Also in 2017, Romo finished T16 in the 89-player celebrity field at the American Century Championship, marking his return to the event in which he had played six consecutive years (2007-12), finishing runner-up three times in a row (2009-11)," organizers said.
The Corales Championship carries a purse of $3 million and will be broadcast on Golf Channel.