Thanks to those lousy NFL-organized team activities that Tony Romo always had to participate in with the Dallas Cowboys, us sports fans have been robbed of a real-life Roy McAvoy … until now.
With Romo trading his football cleats for a CBS headset, he’ll have the summer free to chase his dream of qualifying for the US Open. The recently retired QB has entered local qualifiers in the past (most recently in 2011) and even advanced to the sectional qualifier in 2010 before some stupid football practice forced him to withdraw.
Now that football won’t be getting in the way, we can all sit back and watch this true underdog story unfold.
The Split Rail Links & Golf Club in Aledo, Texas, is holding a local qualifier this Monday (May 8), and Romo is listed in the USGA’s database of entrants. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the golf career of Tony Romo.
How will this story play out? Will it have the storybook ending his NFL career lacked? Or will catastrophe strike late in the fourth quarter when all Romo has to do is field a snap on an extra point … er I mean, tap in a put from two feet? Here’s how I see the script being written.
Odds Romo advances out of local qualifier: 25/1
After receiving a hefty contract extension from the Cowboys in 2013, Romo heavily cut back on golf in the offseason. The 37-year-old is probably still shaking some rust off his game.
But the Cowboys’ all-time passing leader is known for his big drives and expertise with the putter. Romo just has to finish in the top seven of the 117 participants in the local qualifier. How hard can that be?
Odds Romo gets injured playing in the local qualifier: 24/1
Another golfer with back issues, just what the game needs …
Odds Romo’s ball gets “intercepted” on the 18th hole to miss the cut: 99/1
No, I’m not suggesting Romo will encounter his own Mr. Larson, rather his ball is “intercepted” by a water hazard or sand trap.
Odds Romo qualifies for the 2017 US Open: 200/1
Romo is one of nearly 9,000 golfers competing for the 51 available spots for the 2017 US Open. Those other 8,999 didn’t spend the last four years strictly focused on winning football games.
Odds Romo wins the 2017 US Open: 10,000/1
No amateur has won the US Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933.