Tony Romo is used to being in the spotlight, but this time, it will be with a golf club in his hand instead of a helmet on his head.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current lead analyst for the NFL on CBS will compete in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship next month in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on a sponsor exemption. This is a new event on the PGA Tour schedule.
Romo is no stranger to playing competitive golf at a high level. He maintains a +0.3 handicap, has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open on three occasions and played in last year’s Western Amateur. The 37-year-old is the amateur partner for Will Zalatoris this week in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
“As a professional athlete, the love and thrill of competition never entirely leaves you,” said Romo. “Outside of my family and football, golf is one of my greatest passions. So, playing and competing in a PGA Tour event is a dream come true. I am grateful to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship for giving me an incredible opportunity to test my skills against some of the best on Tour.”
The tournament, which operated as a Web.com Tour event the past two years, is delighted to have Romo.
“As a first-year PGA Tour event, we are elated to have Tony Romo accept our offer to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship,” said Grupo Puntacana Founder and Chairman Frank Rainieri. “Tony Romo rose to an elite level in professional football, and then quickly became a popular and well-regarded broadcaster for CBS when he retired. He has a history of achieving success in the face of major challenges. And now he’s going to face a new one, the rare opportunity to compete as an amateur against the world’s best golfers. We are very excited to see how this plays out.”
Romo spent over a decade in professional football with the Cowboys, making the Pro Bowl on four occasions. He holds the franchise records for passing touchdowns and passing yards.