Romo falls short in US Open qual­i­fier

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Re­tired Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Tony Romo’s bid to reach the US Open golf cham­pi­onship ended in a lo­cal qual­i­fier on Mon­day out­side Dal­las in Aledo, Texas.

Romo shot a three-over-par 75 at Split Rail Links & Golf Club and was not one of the seven qual­i­fiers who fin­ished two-un­der or bet­ter to ad­vance to the sec­tional from a field of 115 hope­fuls.

Romo was one-over af­ter an ea­gle at the 14th hole but dunked his tee shot on the next in the wa­ter and took a triple bo­gey that ended his chances.

Three bo­geys on the front nine left him three-over at the turn.

Romo fol­lowed with a birdie at No 10 but bo­geyed No 11. He closed the round by mak­ing a six­foot birdie putt on No 18, but it was too lit­tle too late.

The Texas Golf As­so­ci­a­tion es­ti­mated a gallery of about 200 turned out to watch the lo­cal favourite, who played quar­ter­back for 12 NFL sea­sons and passed for 34,183 yards and 248 touch­downs.

In­juries and the emer­gence of Dak Prescott at quar­ter-back last year as a rookie ul­ti­mately de­railed Romo’s foot­ball ca­reer.

Dur­ing the off­sea­son, Romo took a job with CBS as its lead an­a­lyst for NFL tele­casts on Thurs­day nights and Sun­days.

Romo also tried to qual­ify for the US Open in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, he made it to sec­tional qual­i­fy­ing but had to with­draw in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in or­gan­ised team ac­tiv­i­ties with the Cow­boys.

The 2017 US Open will be played on June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis­con­sin. Reuters

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Tony Romo watches his tee shot on the 18th dur­ing US Open Lo­cal Qual­i­fy­ing on Mon­day.

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