Tony Romo taking his talents back to the PGA Tour
Tony Romo will be playing in his third PGA Tour event this week when he tees off at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic on Thursday. He missed the cut in his first two tournaments, including this past March at the Corales Puntacana Championship, where he finished at 15-over par after two rounds. He will be facing much stiffer competition this week as the field includes Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook put Romo at 10,000-1 to win this week at Trinity Forest Golf Club, where the former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS broadcaster is a member. Oddsmakers at Caesars Entertainment sportsbook have Romo at 2,000-1.
Familiarity will come in handy for Romo as he plays this course often–more often than most.
“If you want to compete, you want to play against the best,” Romo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday. “Obviously I understand where I’m at comparatively to the guys in this field. These are the best of the best.”
“We have a game plan,” Romo said. “On certain holes you’ve got to know where to be. A lot of it is where the pin positions are and wind direction. This golf course is a second shot course. If you hit your irons well and you putt well, you can score out here. That’s going to be the game plan.”
He has been all-in on golf for the last 14-15 months, treating the practice range and putting green as his office, just like he did with football. He even changed his putting grip to a split, hockey-style grip after his dreadful showing at the Puntacana Championship.
“Putting … so much of it is just how you can get yourself set up to see the line and then be freed up and let it go,” Romo said. “I struggled with that at Puntacana.”
Romo smiled and said: “I wasn’t married to anything [grip-wise]. I was open to any possibility of what stroke we were going to use. After practicing a ton, it just feels like a normal grip that is just extended. It’s a hockey grip.”
Looking to bet Romo this weekend? Here are the most popular bets to make:
Will Romo make the cut?
Yes: +1800 (18/1)
No: -6600 (1/66)
How many shots will Romo miss the cut by?
Over/ under: 11 1/2
Romo’s highest score on any hole
Over/under: 7 1/2
Romo’s lowest score on any hole
Over/under: 2 1/2
Romo’s lowest score in any round
Over/ under: 75
Romo’s score on No. 1 in Round 1
Birdie or better: 13/4
Bogey or worse: 37/20
Will Romo finish in last place?
Yes: -130 (10/13)
No: EVEN (1/1)