Tony Romo Re­turns To Amer­i­can Cen­tury Cham­pi­onship As Re­tiree In Pur­suit Of First Celebrity Ti­tle

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Newly-re­tired Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Tony Romo will at­tempt to win his first Amer­i­can Cen­tury Cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment this sum­mer, re­turn­ing to the celebrity field for the first time since 2012. (www.amer­i­can­cen­tu­rycham­pi­onship.com) The Cow­boys all-time leader in pass­ing yards and touch­downs, Romo played in the Lake Ta­hoe tour­na­ment for six con­sec­u­tive years from 2007 through 2012. He was run­ner-up three suc­ces­sive years from 2009 – 2011, and had five top five fin­ishes with an 11th place re­sult. In 2011, Romo nar­rowed ac­tor Jack Wag­ner’s 10-point lead on the back nine (mod­i­fied Sta­ble­ford for­mat) prior to Wag­ner birdieing 17 to se­cure the vic­tory. Har­rah’s and Har­veys Race & Sports Book has in­stalled Romo as a co-fa­vorite to win with twotime de­fend­ing cham­pion Mark Mul­der at 3 to 1. Now in its 28th year, the tour­na­ment is set for July 14-16 and of­fer­ing a purse of $600,000, while rais­ing money for lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties. The 54-hole com­pe­ti­tion tests the golf skills of 80-plus stars from sports and en­ter­tain­ment and

has do­nated over $4 mil­lion to char­ity. Edge­wood Ta­hoe Golf Course, a Golf Digest Top 100 Course, has hosted the tour­na­ment since its in­cep­tion. The tour­na­ment will be tele­vised live by NBC Sports and NBCSN that week­end. Romo, who re­tired from the NFL in April, played 13 sea­sons with the Cow­boys and was a four­time Pro-bowler. In the fall, Romo will de­but as the lead color com­men­ta­tor for CBS on NFL games. He is an ac­com­plished am­a­teur golfer who’s made sev­eral attempts at qual­i­fy­ing for the U.S. Open, in­clud­ing ear­lier this month when he missed ad­vanc­ing by only a few strokes. Romo will join a field of en­ter­tain­ment, sports stars and Hall of Famers in­clud­ing Aaron Rodgers, John El­way, Charles Barkley, Jerry Rice, Em­mitt Smith, Steve Young, Mar­shall Faulk, Derek Fisher, Jason Kidd, Deron Wil­liams, Alex Smith, Bode Miller, Al Michaels, Larry the Ca­ble Guy, Jack Wag­ner, Mike Mo­dano and first timers Charles Wood­son and Paige Spi­ranac, pro­fes­sional golf com­peti­tor and per­son­al­ity.

Photo cour­tesy Brian Wil­liams/me­dia West

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