Okay, this one’s being played in The Big D — at Trinity Forest — where a certain retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback is a member.
So it shouldn’t be too surprising that once again Tony Romo, cut-misser extraordinaire, snagged a sponsor’s invite into the Byron Nelson — this week’s stop on the PGA Tour.
First, this stop is desperate for name players. Yes, Brooks Koepka is there and responded with a 65 out of the box Thursday morning to put himself squarely in the hunt.
Sure, Jordan Spieth’s there, like Romo, he spends more than his fair share of time at Trinity Forest — his swing coach — Cameron McCormick — has his teaching headquarters on site.
So if ever Romo was going to play well, it might be this week, he’s got the local knowledge.
Things got going well enough for Romo, he was pretty steady on his first nine and even thrilled a few Dallas football fans who followed him when he pitched in for eagle at the par five seventh to go two-under for the tournament.
After that highlight, it was all downhill for No. 9.
Tony gave those shots back when he snap-hooked his drive at the long par four ninth and made double.
The misery index grew on the back nine after he doubled 13 then bogeyed 14 and 15 to find himself four-over. Another bogey at the par three 17th and Tony came home with a smooth 40 — 76, a mere 13 shots behind the leader and tied for 148th.
Afterward, Romo gave anyone who cared his observation: “I thought I was going to drive it much better than I did. That’s why we weren’t able to keep the pace we had early and that’s going to be the key moving forward is just getting yourself in position to attack these pins and some of these holes.”
Another missed cut guaranteed.