Tony Romo’s ambitious bid to make the 2017 U.S. Open will go no further than the local qualifier. Romo posted a 3-over 75 at Split Rail Links & Golf Club in Texas, tying for 40th place out of 117 players.
While he missed his chance this year, Romo sounded like he’s content for now to reconnecting with the game.
“It’s been awhile since I felt the feeling from the competitive aspect in the golf world, so it’s been good,” Romo said. “I’m just starting back up and playing a little bit here in the last two months, and there’s some good signs. I actually hit the ball pretty well today in tough conditions.”
Romo gave the gallery something to get hyped about when he got an eagle on the par-5 14th. He smashed a 370-yard tee shot and his second shot got him to within a few feet of the cup. However, he had to three-putt four times during the round and got a triple-bogey on the 15th.
Romo was certainly not happy about following up his eagle with a triple-bogey that began when his tee shot made its way into the water. He was 1-over until that moment.
“When you’re playing against great players, you shouldn’t have four [three-putts] in four rounds, so four in one round pretty much ends your day,” Romo said. “That and one bad hole.”
Romo felt the love from fans who were there supporting him as well.
“Most of the people were out there the entire day and rooting you on, and I wanted to give them something to get excited about,” Romo said. “That eagle got it going a little bit. A couple of the birdies were nice, but seeing how much people care about you sometimes and want to see you succeed, it’s humbling honestly … You want to say thank you. They can do anything they want, and to come out here, it’s special, so I feel really good about that.”
Whether Romo tries to qualify again in the future remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to follow along.