Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is an avid golfer and has been trying to qualify for the US Open this year, when he’s not nesting with one of his various super-attractive blonde girlfriends (here, here and here). After his first round score of -1 put him only four shots back from the lead in the 36-hole sectional qualifier held at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, Romo was in a decent position for one of the two Open spots. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t want to cooperate.
After a rough quadruple bogey to start his second round, Romo only managed to play 3 holes on Monday before inclement weather forced everyone off the course. Ultimately, the whole day had to be canceled with played continuing on Tuesday, Romo though had to pull-out — not a safe form of contraception — due to his day job though.
“It was fun, it was enjoyable and I made a good run at it,” Romo said. “It’s exciting to be competing, it’s fun to teach yourself lessons on the golf course about sports in general. I took away a few things that I’m going to use in football, so that’s a positive in that respect.
“It’s hard for me to think about doing something else at a high, high level. It’s fun to go out here on a day and compete and try and win on a day. But I don’t know if I could put in the time that would be needed to play or compete at that level, day in and day out. I don’t have any feeling or need to right now.”
With the Cowboys returning to practice Tuesday, Romo’s attempts at qualifying, at least for this year, were finished. At least he can take solace that he did better than most of the other athletes from other sports did. Fellow NFL’ers (well, kickers) Ryan Longwell and Josh Scobee both couldn’t get out of local qualifying rounds, nor could future Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz (and he plays with Tiger Woods!), other athletes in recent years unable to make the grade include former NHL goalie Grant Fuhr and retired tennis aces Ivan Lendl and Michael Chang.
It turns out, being amazing at one sport doesn’t necessarily translate. Fortunately for Romo, there’s always next year (and that $67 million contact to play quarterback for one of the most storied sports franchises in the world.)