Tony Romo advanced out of the Web.com Tour pre-qualifying stage – with a little help – at Lantana Golf Club in Texas after shooting a 74 on Friday and finishing with a 218 total over 54 holes.
Playing as an amateur, the former NFL quarterback and current CBS football and golf analyst Romo fired back-to-back par 72s on Wednesday and Thursday. Romo finished play at T-37, one shot on the wrong-side of line to advance out of the 69-player field.
However, thanks to a late disqualification of Japan’s Tomo Watanabe, Romo and the three others at 2-over 218 were pushed up to T-36. That ensured their advancement.
There are expected to be than 220 qualifying spots available for those completing the pre-qualifying across six sites.
The next round of this four-stage competition takes place during the week of Sept. 25 – which coincides with Week 4 of the NFL season.
In July, Romo rallied to win the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. “It’s a special win,” said Romo at the time. “It feels like you’re playing a tournament back home here. The day felt good for a lot of reasons.”
Romo’s bid to make the U.S. Open fell incomplete as he shot a 77 in local qualifying in Texas. He also missed the cut in March at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Stephen Curry missed the the cut the past two years at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He shot a 71 in the opening round this year, before falling back to earth with an 86 in Round 2.