AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is accustomed to peering over hulking lineman, not sweaty galleries.
But there was Romo among the masses behind the 4th tee of Augusta National on Thursday, straining for a glimpse of Tiger Woods.
“Just spending time with my dad here,” Romo told Golf.com minutes later as he strolled up the 8th fairway in a charcoal golf shirt and gym shorts. Accompanying him was his father, Ramiro.
Romo and Woods are pals. They played together in the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing 17th. This time last year they bonded over an unlikely experience: microdiscectomy spine surgery. Romo had the procedure in December 2013. Woods followed suit about four months later, which prevented him from playing in the 2014 Masters.
“I talked to him a lot about it because he was in a lot of pain,” Woods wrote on his website at the time. “He just couldn’t function anymore.”
Romo, who is attending his second Masters and staying in a house near the course, no longer plays golf despite having carried a plus-3 handicap. He said Thursday that his back issues are part of the reason why he has retired from the game, and even the beauty of Augusta National isn’t likely to stir him to dust off his clubs.
“I’ll probably take it back up when I’m older,” Romo said. “I’m not much of a [golf] story, sorry.