Now that Tony Romo has retired from football, he has quite a bit more time to work on his other sport.
The former Cowboys quarterback, long renowned for his golfing skill, will attempt to qualify for the 2017 U.S. Open. Former ESPN reporter Ed Werder tweeted Wednesday that Romo is entered in the local qualifier in Aledo, Texas, which will be held May 8, and Romo is listed in the USGA's database of entrants.
This is not the first time Romo has attempted to play his way into the U.S. Open. He tried in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and actually advanced to sectional qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw because weather delays created a conflict with Cowboys practices.
That result alone indicates Romo's skill level, as this is not something any hack off the street can even attempt — USGA rules require a handicap index "not exceeding 1.4" to enter a qualifier.
Romo stepped away from golf for a while after undergoing back surgery at the end of the 2013 NFL season, but he returned to competitive play earlier this spring. Romo played alongside his father, Ramiro, in the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, S.C., last month. He shot 78-77-77 to miss the 54-hole cut and days later announced he was joining the CBS NFL broadcast team for the 2017 season.
While some still believe the 37-year-old might be lured out of his retirement from football under the right circumstances, for now it appears Romo is channeling his competitive instincts to the links.