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Tony Romo scored a 75x par 75 in a qualifying event where he had scored 3-under.
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For a man who was a TV analyst, Tony Romo made it on Tuesday when he accepted a sponsor's exemption to join AT & T's Byron Nelson in May PGA tour to play.

The retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback steals a chance for a true professional golfer or a promising young amateur golf player.

And Romo, 38, is none of them. PEBBLE BEACH, California – FEBRUARY 12: Tiger Woods (L) and Tony Romo (R), NFL football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, laugh at the fifth hole during the final round of AT & T Pebble Beach National.

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Tiger Woods (L) and Tony Romo (R), Dallas Cowboys NFL football quarterback, laugh at the fifth hole during the final Round of the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

He is nothing more than a dilettante, a former star athlete who takes a deserved place. As a former professional athlete, he should be ashamed of himself.

I respected Romo because he made a long NFL career with the Cowboys and made four Pro-Bowls even though I was not drafted. But I wonder how Romo felt at the beginning of his career, waiting for his chance. If the cowboys had decided they could sell more preseason tickets, treating Romo's season to a local country singer was a good quarterback in high school.

It's the same: a cheap publicity stunt.

The organizers of the Nelson tournament in Dallas should also be ashamed to grant Romo the exemption.

We talked about it for years, "Tournament Director Jon Drago told The Dallas Morning News. "He tried to qualify for some of them, had conflicts with football. Now we play at Trinity Forest, his home course, and he does not play football.

"The timing just felt right this year."

Yeah, the timing felt right because Romo was not being honest By the way, Monday's qualifying session saw the Hoi Polloi scramble and claw ,

Maybe some fans think it's cute and harmless, and they'll be curious how Romo is doing. But I've talked about professional golfers for years and I have too much respect for their struggle to see an amateur with a bloated feeling pretending to be a pro for two days to miss the cut.

And do not make mistakes, Romo will miss the cut. At Nelson last year, there was a price difference of 4 below average. Amazing players like Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker missed the cut. Romo also received a waiver for a sponsor for the PGA Tour event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in March of last year, and was recently killed with 132 players at the age of 15.

Yeah. The timing is right.

Romo is a very good amateur golfer. In July, he won the annual Celebrity Lake Tahoe Tournament. In the fall, he even made it out of a prequalifier for membership in the Web.com Tour.

This basically means that if Romo dropped everything else and devoted himself entirely to golf, he might have had the chance to play on the PGA Tour development tour. Could. But he has no chance to play on the PGA Tour. Zero.

And that brings me to the biggest question that needs to be asked. What exactly does Romo intend to do to free the sponsor? To "test" yourself? Revel in reverence and feel like a star athlete again? To prepare for the PGA Tour Champions in 12 years?

And why would Romo want to be a professional golfer at all? It's exhausting, with constant lift and tons of pressure. In 2018, Romo earned around $ 4 million with CBS. His salary would have put him next to Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the top 20 PGA Tour money list last season. The leader of the Web.com Tour earned $ 553,800 last year.

Romo either had to play as well as Lefty to earn as much money as he says: "Here's how it works!" and making predictions on TV, or playing peanuts in PGA Tour's small league.

It's wrong and none of it makes sense. Unless you are a vain former athlete or an attention-grabbing golf tournament.

Contact Carlos Monarrez at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.