Tony Romo might compete in PGA Tour event

Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Golf

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback turned broadcaster Tony Romo could potentially put his golf game up against the best in the world.

Veteran CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz hinted that Romo could compete in a PGA Tour event in the next couple of months.

"He's going to play in a Tour event," Nantz told on Wednesday. "He's going to get an exemption in the next -- let's just say two months. So he's going to put it out there on the line."

Romo is a near scratch golfer and has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times. He didn't make it out of regional qualifying last May.

The two-month timeline thrown out by Nantz suggests that it won't be one of the Dallas/Fort Worth-area tournaments -- the AT&T Byron Nelson or the Colonial in May.

Colonial tournament manager Dennis Roberson believes that Nantz was referring to a Tour event such as the one NBA star Stephen Curry played in last August, or possibly Romo trying to make a PGA Tour field through a Monday qualifier.

The Colonial doesn't have a Monday qualifier because it's an invitational event.

Roberson said the PGA Tour has a rule that tournaments can not give celebrities exemptions. This rule does not apply to Tour events.

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"PGA Tour exemptions must be given to players who are trying to 'make a living' playing golf, or who soon expect to be making their living playing golf," Roberson said. "It is affectionately referred to as the 'Mark Rypien Rule.' "

In 1992, the Kemper Open gave an exemption to Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback. Rypien had an embarrassing tournament, posting a 29-over par and missed the cut by 28 shots.

So it remains to be seen whether Romo will truly be playing in a PGA Tour event, or a Tour event.

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