Tony Romo (two under!) in position to make cut at PGA Tour event
Romo’s round began with a bang on the 10th hole (his first hole of the day), which he birdied after draining a 50-footer to go one under through one. Three pars followed, and then a failure to get up and down after a missed approach into the right greenside bunker on No. 14 resulted in a bogey.
Romo steadied himself with pars on 15, 16 and 17, and then got back to one under at the turn when he converted a short birdie putt on the par-5 18th. Two more pars followed on Nos. 1 and 2, and then Romo suffered back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 after missing the green in regulation and failing to get up and down. At one over par on the day with five holes to play, Romo’s game kicked into gear, and he lit up the remaining holes, birdying the par-5 5th, parring 6 and 7, and finishing with back-t0-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9. The birdie on 8 included draining a highlight-reel-ready 20-footer.
Romo is playing on a sponsor’s exemption this week, and his appearance at the Safeway Open marks his fourth attempt to make the cut in a PGA Tour event. In his first three tries, Romo didn’t come close, finishing at or near the bottom of the leaderboard. But after an impressive opening round on Thursday, making the cut seems like a real possibility for the 39-year-old, who will miss a scheduled Sunday gig calling the Vikings-Bears game in Chicago alongside Jim Nantz on Sunday if Romo does, in fact, survive into the weekend.
Romo is currently five shots behind the leader, Adam Scott, who is seven under par.
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