Tony Romo has given up golf

July 2, 2014

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo used to flirt with a U.S. Open qualifying spot about as often as he flirted with pretty blonde Texans, but word is that he has given up golf.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Romo has not played since having the first of two back operations in April 2013. The numbers back that up: Romo carries a +.3 handicap at the Dallas National Golf Club but hasn’t posted a score since January 2013.

“You’ve got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you’re at and go from there for everything,’’ Romo told the paper. “It’s not just golf. It’s a way you live life.

“I don’t think about it as [giving up] golf. It’s just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.’’

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Romo shot a 69 in 2010 U.S. Open qualifying but has never earned a spot in the tournament. The Cowboys have put a renewed emphasis on their offensive line in the past several seasons and drafted Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin with the 16th pick this year, so Romo could stay healthy enough to give qualfying another shot once he retires and is free to pursue the game without Cowboys fans calling into question his commitment to football.

Here’s Romo and Tiger Woods from the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National with some swing analysis from Nick Faldo:

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