Tony Romo will play a qualifying event this week in Texas

By Doug Ferguson
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Tony Romo will play a qualifying event this week in Texas

Tony Romo received a sponsor's exemption to play an opposite-field event on the PGA Tour this year. His next foray into golf is something he wants to earn.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and CBS football analyst has entered the Tour qualifying tournament, which starts Wednesday morning at Lantana Golf Club in Texas. This will be the pre-qualifying stage, the start of a long road toward earning status on the Tour.

He has entered as an amateur.

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Romo shots rounds of 77-82 to miss the cut in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in March, the same week as the Match Play in Austin, Texas. 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.

The last athlete from another sport who tried to earn a Tour card was tennis player Mardy Fish in 2014.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has played a Tour event each of the last two years at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He has missed the cut both times, including rounds of 71-86 this year.

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Eleven athletes from other sports have played the Tour. None has made the cut.

So for Romo, this might be the ultimate Hail Mary.