FRISCO, Texas – Over the years, Tony Romo has attempted to qualify for the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament as well as the U.S. Open without getting into the field. Next month, however, the former Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback will make his PGA Tour debut.
Romo was given a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic that takes place March 22-25, sources tell ESPN.
The event runs the same week as the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas, that features the top players in the world.
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship had been a Web.com event.
Romo is playing in this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, paired with Will Zalatoris. In the past he has played the event with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. Zalatoris made his PGA Tour debut two weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
Last spring, Romo did not make it out of local qualifying for the U.S. Open, shooting a 75 at Split Rail Links & Golf Club in Aledo, Texas. In 2010, Romo made it to the sectional qualifying round and shot a 71 in the first round but had to withdraw when a weather delay forced the postponement of his second round, which then would have conflicted with a Cowboys’ practice.
Back injuries late in Romo’s football career curtailed his attempts to qualify for big events, but since retirement he has been able to play more after becoming CBS’ lead NFL analyst.