Tony Romo has advanced to the next stage of the 2018 Web.com Tour Q-School, thanks to another player's scorecard error which led to a disqualification.
Romo has shot a final round of 2-over 74 at Lantana Golf Club, vacillating on the leaderboard between sitting inside and outside the tournament cutline of the top 36 and ties that would advance from this 54-hole pre-qualifying stage to the first stage.
However, thanks to a player's disqualification for turning in an incorrect scorecard, Romo made a late move from being tied for 37th place into a tie for 36th place, making him one of 39 players to move on to one of the 12 First Stage sites staging 72-hole events the week of Sept. 10. Tomo Watanabe of Japan signed for a 4 on his fifth hole when he actually made a 5, leading to a disqualification. His final-round 69 would have been enough to advance him inside the top 36, locking out Romo and several other players.
While Romo got in by the skin of his teeth (and on the back of Watanbe's inability to count) with a 54-hole total of 2-over 218 (72-72-74), he didn't play poorly at all. In fact, he rallied down the stretch, knowing his goal of reaching the Web.com Tour through Q-School was in jeopardy. The 38-year-old former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current lead CBS Sports NFL analyst birdied two of his final four holes to post his total.
Romo, who missed the cut in his first PGA Tour start in the Dominican Republic in March, knew he would be competing alongside high-grade talent.
"It was kind of what I expected," Romo said, according to the Web.com Tour, after the round. "Everyone playing here is an accomplished, really good golfer and you have to play good to be in the mix.
"We were in it until the end and we're going to find out right now as we're close to the number."
From here, Romo will have to not only advance from one of the First Stage sites, but he would then need to advance through the Second Stage events before getting to the Web.com Tour Q-School Finals in December, where he would need to finish in the top 40 and ties to earn Web.com Tour status for next season.