Romo eyes U.S. Open

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo seems to be getting serious about this golfing thing.

Now CBS’ lead football analyst, Romo will make a run to qualify for the 2019 U.S. Open, a process that begins with a local qualifying round on May 13 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, Golfweek reported.

Two previous tries at earning a spot at the U.S. Open have failed, but he did reach the sectional qualifying round in 2010, when he was still in the NFL.

Romo will be paired with Matt Miller and Aaron Guanlao when he tees off for the local qualifying at 12:50 p.m. local time on May 13.

To advance to sectional qualifying, Romo will be among the golfers competing for eight spots at McKinney.

A tuneup for the qualifying round will take place May 9-12, when Romo will play at the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, his home course. He received a sponsor exemption in February.

“Golf is one of my greatest passions outside my family and football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to compete amongst the pros again in this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson,” Romo said in a release from the tournament in February.

Romo, 38, has tried but never qualified for the Nelson, which will be his third PGA tournament.

The previous Tour appearances were both at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic, where missed the cut each time. In this year’s tournament, he was in last place after the first round, then shot a second-round 80 to finish at 15 over.

Last fall, Romo reached the second round of qualifying on the tour. That followed his July win at the American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

The U.S. Open Championship will be played June 13-16 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Brooks Koepka, the defending champion, is among 50 exempt players.

— Field Level Media