After a nail-biting third round spent hovering around the cutline, Tony Romo may want to start considering his scheduling conflicts this fall, as he advances out of Web.com Tour Q-School and on to First Stage. The quarterback-turned-NFL-broadcaster shot a final-round 74 that left him on the outside of the cutline looking in for much of the afternoon.
But then, Romo posted a three-round score of two-over 218 at Lantana Golf Club in Lantana, Tex. That number put him squarely on the bubble. When he finished, Romo was in a share of 36th place, knowing full well that 36 players and ties advanced to the next stage.
It was high drama as the rest of the scores rolled in. By the time the rest of the field finished, Romo and three other competitors sat tied for 37th, one shot shy of advancing. But then the improbable happened. Tournament organizers announced that Tomo Watanabe, who had signed for a 68, actually shot 69 and would be disqualified. Suddenly, Romo and three other competitors were in!
Upon the conclusion of play, it appeared that @TonyRomo would fall one stroke shy of advancing to First Stage of Q-School.
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 31, 2018
Romo’s up-and-down day began with two bogeys at 4 and 5, but he bounced back immediately with birdies at 6 and 7. He made the turn at even par but ran into trouble on the back nine, bogeying 10, 11 and 13. Romo rallied with birdies at 15 and 17, and poured in the above par putt to squeak by.
Romo has had a big summer on the golf course. He finished in last place at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship after a sponsor’s exemption but did win the American Century Championship. He also attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur but fell short each time.
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