Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is slated to make another run at a U.S. Open berth on Monday afternoon.
Romo is in the last group at Split Rail Links & Golf Club that is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) on Monday. Seven of the 117 golfers who will compete in the local qualifier in Aledo, Texas, will earn spots at a sectional qualifier.
Romo, 37, retired last month to embark on a broadcast career as the lead in-game NFL analyst for CBS. This is the first time since 2011 that he’s attempted to earn a spot in the U.S. Open, a major that will be held in Erin, Wisc., next month.
About 9,000 golfers will compete at local qualifiers that run through May 18, and 525 will advance to one of the 12 sectional qualifiers. (The sectional qualifiers also include more than 400 exempt golfers.) About half of the 156-player U.S. Open field will be comprised of players who advance from the sectional, according to USGA spokesperson Brian DePasquale.
Romo advanced to the sectional qualifier in 2010, although he was forced to withdraw. Rain that year resulted in a delay in the sectional, and Romo had to attend organized team activities (OTAs) for the Cowboys.
According to the USGA, this is the 11th time Romo has filed an entry for a U.S. Open qualifier. Filing an entry, however, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s competed. He filed an entry in 2012, although he chose to skip the qualifier that year.
The Split Rail Links & Golf Club is located about 50 miles west of Dallas.