Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo set for Western Amateur debut

GLENCOE, IL (July 31, 2017)
– Now that his NFL career is over, Tony Romo plans to play more competitive golf.

The former NFL quarterback will play in the biggest tournament of his life this week at the 115th Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois.

“I think the goal is to win. If I finish second, I’ll be a little disappointed,” Romo joked.

A native of Burlington, Wisconsin, Romo, 37, announced in April his retirement after 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he said he’s been working on his golf game while preparing for his role with CBS as the network’s lead NFL game analyst, teaming up with Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth. In May, Romo attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open, but he failed to advance past the local stage.

“I’m putting a little more time into golf now,” Romo said. “Usually, I had already put [my golf clubs] away at this point. But it’s been fun kind of grinding a little bit and see where it takes your game. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s getting a little better each month, and hopefully, we’ll see signs of life this week.”

Before this week, Romo said playing at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in 2010 was the best level of competition he’s faced as a golfer. In the field at Skokie Country Club are eight of top 10 amateurs in the world, including all of the top five.

Kidding aside, Romo said he has modest expectations this week.

“I think you’re just trying to play the best golf that you can individually,” he said. “I’ve only played in a couple tournaments this year. I’ve been practicing pretty hard, but I need to play more tournaments just to get that feeling under your belt, kind of get yourself feeling acclimated to the environment, and this is kind of like my major this year. This will be a good test of golf.”

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