Tony Romo recently retired from being the Dallas Cowboy’s longtime quarter back, and is planning on becoming a sports broadcaster for CBS. While this may be in the works, it seems as though the QB has enough time on his hands to try and qualify for the U.S. Open this year.
Romo is among nearly 9,500 golfers who have signed up for the U.S. Open. He will be playing in an 18-hole local qualifier Monday and if he advances he’ll go to sectional qualifying on June 5th.
This isn’t the first time Romo has tried to qualify for the prestigious major. He made it out of local qualifying in 2010 and went on to a 36-hole sectional qualifier in which only two of the 35 players advanced. He ended up opening with a 71 and withdrew in the afternoon after two weather delays.
Even with his +0.3 handicap, only one player, Orville Moody back in 1969, has ever made it from local qualifying to the winners stage at the U.S. Open. Fresh off of his football retirement, it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be the second person to do so.
If he doesn’t end up making it, not to worry, you may end up seeing him on the screen anyways. According to multiple sources, his passion to become a broadcaster does not only include commentating for the NFL but for golf as well. In the past he had admitted that if playing football hadn’t worked out for him (which it clearly did), he would have become an assistant club pro as a backup.
NFL Networks Ian Rapoport believes in the QB, saying:
“I believe it’s going to happen. Maybe not right away, but it’s definitely in his future.”
As an example, Pat Summerall played football for a decade before joining the broadcast ranks, and went on to work 26 Masters tournaments. Although NFL may take priority at first, there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing a bit of Romo on the links.
Hey, we could all use a break from the usual suspects, don’t you think? Tony Romo will be a breath of fresh air in the booth.