10:17 PM ET
Todd ArcherESPN Employees Author
- Lined NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003
- Beforehand lined Bengals and Dolphins
- Lives in Dallas space together with his spouse and two youngsters
DALLAS — On virtually each tee field and each inexperienced Thursday, Tony Romo was greeted by shouts of encouragement through the first spherical of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Membership.
Good shot or unhealthy, the followers have been as invested in Romo as they have been throughout his decade-long run because the Dallas Cowboys‘ beginning quarterback.
“It was incredible,” mentioned Romo, who’s enjoying within the occasion on a sponsor’s exemption. “It was actually gratifying. I might really feel the power and simply really feel them pulling for you. It made me really feel good inside.”
Finally, Romo didn’t have the spherical he or the followers needed, ending with a 5-over 76 that left him tied for 148th after one spherical, however he had moments that caused a number of the loudest cheers on the match.
Denny McCarthy leads the Nelson after a 63, adopted by Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge at 64, however Romo was one of many featured gamers of the day, which is why he was granted the exemption.
As he walked to the primary tee, followers yelled his identify. As he walked down the fairways, Romo waved or gave a thumbs-up to these spurring him on. Followers younger and previous wore his No. 9 jersey. At one level, a fan mentioned, “If [Jason] Witten can come again, you’ll be able to, too.” One other fan added, “That is my quarterback,” conjuring up Terrell Owens’ teary-eyed reply after the 2007 playoff loss to the New York Giants.
Romo opened with a birdie on the par-5 first gap with a 14-footer. After a bogey on No. 5, he obtained to 2 beneath on the seventh gap when he chipped in from 66 toes off the inexperienced, letting free with an enormous fist pump and loud, “Let’s go!” because the gallery roared in approval.
“That is among the best pictures he is ever had,” mentioned Romo’s son Hawk, who walked the course together with his youthful brother Rivers; mom, Candice; and each units of grandparents.
Romo adopted the eagle with a powerful up and down to save lots of par on No. 8, however his spherical turned rapidly on the 505-yard, par-Four ninth gap when he badly hooked his tee shot into the woods, resulting in a double-bogey.
He made one other double-bogey on No. 13 when his tee ball ran via the green into the tall native grasses. He made bogeys on Nos. 14, 15 and 17 largely due to poor tee pictures. He hit simply six of 14 fairways and solely eight of 18 greens in regulation.
Within the morning, the temperatures have been heat and the wind was minimal, however within the afternoon, the temperatures dipped and the wind out of the north made the course harder.
“A few these tee pictures actually price me simply because they’re penal in these areas,” Romo mentioned. “You may’t miss them there. The separation between these guys is the power to do it for lengthy stretches, consistency. I feel just some tee pictures price me the spherical.”
It was higher than what Romo shot in March on the Corales Puntacana Resort & Membership Championship when he completed 15 over for the second straight 12 months on the PGA Tour occasion, however he felt dissatisfied in his day as a result of he has performed so many rounds at Trinity Forest, the place he’s a member.
“I assumed I used to be going to drive it a lot better than I did,” Romo mentioned. “That is why we weren’t capable of proceed to maintain the tempo we had early. That is going to be the important thing transferring ahead, simply getting your self within the place to assault these pins and a few of these holes. In any other case, you are making an attempt to struggle towards the grain all the time.”
Romo’s father, Ramiro, was among the many gallery for all the spherical. Watching his son play quarterback was harder for him and his spouse, Joan, he mentioned, due to “the damage issue.” The sensation on the golf course is completely different.
“Most likely a number of the unhealthy pictures, you reside and die with them,” Ramiro mentioned. “The nice ones, you are simply joyful. I’ve performed sufficient golf with him and understand how good he’s and the way good he will be. He’ll acclimate.”
After his spherical, Romo was off to the driving vary within the fading mild.
“I’ve obtained to go hit some tee pictures that basically really feel good, as a result of if not, I will not sleep tonight,” he mentioned.
His likelihood of constructing the lower is distant at this level, however Romo was already fascinated with Friday’s second spherical.
“Go low,” he mentioned.