Tony Romo is going to play in a PGA Tour event in 2018, just as his broadcast partner Jim Nantz said last month at the PGA Merchandise Show.
On Feb. 7, the PGA Tour and Romo jointly announced the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS Sports lead football analyst has received an exemption to compete in the 2018 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, played March 22-25 in the Dominican Republic.
Romo, who is a plus-handicap golfer (meaning he gives strokes with his index rather than getting them) will be competing as an amateur in the event, meaning he's not eligible for any of the $3 million prize pool.
“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 has some golf chops, for sure. He advanced to the sectional stage of US Open qualifying in 2010, but he withdrew because he needed to spend off-season training camp with the Cowboys. He has played in the prestigious Western Amateur.
For his part, Jordan Spieth thinks Romo will make a good accounting of his game.
“He's playing really well,” Spieth said. “His short game is fantastic . . . I have no doubt he'll shoot under par every round out here, from where they're playing from. I know he’s really excited for the challenge, and he wants to beat the pros that are in his group. That's kind of his goal. He thinks he can win this golf tournament if he played it with us.”
Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry tried his hand at pro golf as an amateur on the Web.com Tour last year, missing the cut at the Ellie Mae Classic with a pair of 74s where going sub-70 was a must every round.
This is the first year for the Punta Cana event on the PGA Tour schedule, getting bumped up in status from a Web.com Tour event the previous two years to an opposite-field PGA Tour event in 2018 and beyond. It will be played opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.