Tony Romo looks for his ball in the native grass on the 15th hole during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson

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Tony Romo Shoots 5-Over 76 At Byron Nelson

May 10, 2019 - 6:39 am

 Denny McCarthy has some loose connections to Jordan Spieth and Tony Romo, the Trinity Forest members in the local spotlight. The former University of Virginia player is on top of the leaderboard after one round at the Byron Nelson.

McCarthy shot a career-low 8-under 63 on Thursday, with 10 birdies over a 12-hole stretch after an early double bogey to take a one-stroke lead over Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge. Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka, the No. 3-ranked player in the world, was among nine players at 65.

Romo, playing on a sponsor exemption as an amateur at home, had a 76 that included an opening birdie and a chip-in eagle from 66 feet at the 544-yard seventh hole .

Those were his only subpar holes in a round with two double bogeys and four bogeys.

"Couple of the tee shots really cost me just because they're penal in those areas. You can't miss them there," Romo said. "Like I said, the separation between these guys is the ability to do it for long stretches, consistency."