Romo shoots 81 in U.S. Open qualifying

Tony Romo at the Dallas Cowboys annual sponsor appreciation golf outing in Grapevine, Texas, on May 12, 2010.

Tony Romo at the Dallas Cowboys annual sponsor appreciation golf outing in Grapevine, Texas, on May 12, 2010.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo failed to advance to the sectional stage of U.S. Open qualifying Monday, shooting 81 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, in a local qualifier.

Romo, who advanced to sectional qualifying in 2010, made a birdie, five bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey Monday in extremely windy conditions. Last year, Romo shot 71 in the first round of sectional qualifying before withdrawing in Round 2, when a weather delay caused a conflict with a Cowboys' practice.

Also looking to advance to sectional qualifying are NFL kicker Josh Scobee, former NFL kicker Al Del Greco, Hall of Fame tennis player Ivan Lendl, ex-major-league pitcher Erik Hanson, Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr, future Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver and former NHL goalie and USA Olympic silver medalist Mike Dunham. Each of those players is looking to become the fourth athlete from a major team sport to compete in the U.S. Open, joining former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie, former Yankees’ outfielder Sam Byrd and New York Rangers’ Bill Ezinicki.

The 2011 U.S. Open will take place June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

– Information from the USGA was used in this report

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