Texas Legislature Fetes Former Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo

Romo will play in a local qualifier on Monday about 30 miles west of Forth Worth. About 55 will make it through sectional qualifying and into the actual U.S. Open, played this year at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. In a 36-hole sectional qualifier in which only two of the 35 players advanced, Romo opened with a 71 and withdrew in the afternoon after two weather delays.

He's a former Cowboys quarterback, short-lived Dallas Mavericks reserve, and future CBS color announcer.

Though some still believe Romo might be lured out of his retirement under the right circumstances, for now it appears he is channelling his competitive instincts to the golf course.

At the time, Romo noted that he only had played three or four rounds this year and pointed out that he had not played tournament golf in nearly four years.

"I think you compartmentalize a lot of things in life".

Romo has tried this a couple times before, but hasn't attempted to qualify since 2011.

Romo stepped away from golf for a while after undergoing back surgery at the end of the 2013 National Football League season, but he returned to competitive play earlier this spring. I'll be better tomorrow. He entered his second season in Dallas as the No. 4 quarterback on the depth chart, behind Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Henson, and struggled during the early portion of training camp.

Romo, 37, has participated in U.S. Open qualifiers before. In 2010, he actually made it out of local qualifying and into sectionals - that's an enormous accomplishment on its own.

  • Julie Sanders