Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo will compete in the 2018 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. The 38-year-old is slated to begin first-round play in the pre-qualifying stage at Lantana Golf Club in Lantana, Texas.
Romo, who is entered as an amateur, currently carries a +0.4 handicap via the Texas Golf Association through Dallas National Golf Club and AT&T Byron Nelson host Trinity Forest Golf Club. Per Web.com Tour regulations for the Qualifying Tournament, amateurs can compete provided their handicap index does not exceed 2.0.
Romo, the Cowboys’ starting quarterback from 2006 through 2014, competed in the PGA TOUR’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor’s exemption in March of this year, posting rounds of 77-82—159 en route to missing the cut. He attempted to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Open in April but carded a 5-over-par 77 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and failed to secure one of the eight sectional qualifying spots.
With his entry, Romo becomes the first former athlete to try and secure a Web.com Tour card since tennis pro Mardy Fish (2014). Earlier this month, Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry played for a second straight year at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, posting rounds of 71-86—157. In 2017, during his debut, Curry notched a respectable 74-74—148 while competing in his hometown event. In the history of the Web.com Tour, only two former professional athletes competing in tournaments have broken par in a round – Ralph Terry (1990 Dakota Dunes Open / 71) and Grant Fuhr (2008 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic / 70). Of the 11 non-golf professional athletes to compete on Tour, none have made the cut.
As an amateur, Romo can turn professional prior to beginning the first round of play in any stage at the Qualifying Tournament, and from there be eligible for prize money should he reach Final Stage.
Romo will be paired alongside Michael Capone of Orlando and Rupert Kaminski of Edmond, Oklahoma, in the opening round of play. Players will be re-paired for the second and third rounds of the 54-hole event based on score.
Capone, a former standout at Wake Forest University, owns 33 career starts on the Web.com Tour with a career-best T16 coming at the 2007 National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic.
Kaminski, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, played his college golf at Oklahoma City University, where he was a two-time first-team NAIA All-America selection as well as a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year honor.
The field size in Lantana is 68 players, with no reduction (cut) of field. Approximately 228 qualifying positions plus ties will be available for pre-qualifying contestants to advance to the first qualifying stage, set to begin September 25-28. The number of applicants advancing from each site will be on a pro rata basis (i.e., approximately the same percentage of players from each site will advance), and such number will be announced during pre-qualifying after the final number of contestants is determined.