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Report: Tony Romo Receives Sponsorship Exemption To Play In AT&T Byron Nelson

February 18, 2019 - 11:23 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - Tony Romo will get another crack at competing against the world's best golfers when he competes in the May 9-12 AT&T Byron Nelson, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports

Romo, who doesn't hold a PGA or tour card, received a sponsorship exemption to permit him to play in the tournament. 

"Golf is one of my greatest passions outside my family and football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to compete amongst the pros again in this year's AT&T Byron Nelson," Romo is quoted as saying in a tournament news release that will reportedly be distributed Tuesday.

In March of last year, Romo received a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and played as an amateur. He shot rounds of 77-82 and missed the cut. He tried to qualify for the U.S. Open a month later, but shot 77 at local qualifying in Texas and didn’t come close to the eight players who advanced to the next stage.

In June of 2018, Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. 

Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst for CBS, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time defending champion Mark Mulder and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, the the leader after the first two rounds.

In September of 2018, Romo failed in his bid to advance in the first stage of the Tour's Qualifying Tournament. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback tied for 72nd at 13-under 297 in the 76-player field, with the top 22 moving on to the second stage.

The Nelson was moved to Trinity Forest Golf Club in 2018 after being held at the the Tournament Players Course (TPC) and the Cottonwood Vally Course at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas since 1994. The tournament was moved exclusively to TPC in 2008.