While most eyes in the golf world are fixated on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, a certain former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is drawing major attention to the opposite-field event down in the Dominican Republic.
Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut this week at the Corales Resort & Club Championship and fired a five-over 77 in his opening round. Romo, a +0.3 handicap, made three birdies on his front nine en route to an even-par 36 and made good par saves as 10, 11 and 12, but things spiraled out of control toward the end of the round.
He made a bogey on 13 then followed it up with a double on 14, bogey on 15 and bogey on 16. The four-time Pro Bowler came back to par 17 and 18 for 76.
We'll be live-updating Romo's progress as he seeks to improve on that disappointing opening round. He went off the 10th tee on Friday.
5:57 p.m.: That's a wrap- +15 overall, last place
Romo finished par-par-par to shoot a 10-over 82 and finish the week at +15. He finished six shots worse than any other competitor, missed the cut by 16 and was 28 strokes behind the leaders. It was certainly a disappointing PGA Tour debut for Romo.
5:18 p.m.: +10 through 15
Romo followed that birdie with yet another double bogey, then followed that up with his second birdie of the day. It's been an up-and-down round to say the least, with more downs than ups, and he has just three more holes left before his PGA Tour debut ends with a missed cut.
4:34 p.m.: We have a birdie!
Romo parred the first hole before recording his second double of the day and third of the week at the par-3 second. A par on the third was followed by his first birdie in in 23 holes. Romo is now +9 for the day and +14 for the tournament and remains in last place
3:32 p.m.: Front-nine 44
It's getting a little ugly out there. After bogeying his first six holes, Romo looked to have righted the ship a bit by making consecutive pars at 16 and 17. He followed up that stretch with a double-bogey 6 at the 18th for a front-nine 44. Romo is now four strokes behind any other competitor and a full 26 behind the leaders. All this makes Stephen Curry's 74-74 performance at the Web.com's Ellie Mae Classic that much more impressive.
2:30 p.m.: The dreaded Bogey train
Romo has bogeyed each of his first five holes and is now +10 for the event. Unfortunately, he finds himself in dead-last place. The putts aren't falling, the approaches aren't nearly close enough. Nothing is going right.
1:30 p.m.: Bogey-bogey start after another short miss
Romo tugged his tee shot well left of the par-3 11th then hit another good pitch to set up a makable par putt. His effort was left the whole way and Romo looked frustrated after opening with back-to-back bogeys. He's now +2 for the day and +7 overall.
1:16 p.m.: Lips out for par on 1
Romo found the fairway with his opening tee shot but his approach ended up in the greenside bunker. He hit a tidy bunker shot and had about 10 feet for par but his putt rimmed out on the high side. Romo is now +6 overall.