Former NFL star, Tony Romo, has failed to advance in his local qualifier for this year’s U.S Open.
The one-round shoot-out at Odessa Country Club’s Old Course saw Texas Tech senior Ludvig Aberg lead the way with a 5-under 67, but CBS analyst Romo found himself way off the pace by the time play was finished.
The former Cowboys’ quarterback was attempting to get through to the sectional qualifier for just the second time in his career, but a poor mid-round cost him four shots in five holes, and he eventually finished with a 1-over 73, missing by four.
TV analyst Romo justified his tag as favourite to win last month’s Invited Celebrity Classic but has, so far, found the step-up to Open class a touch too far.
Things were looking good for advancement to the second stage after seven holes when Romo sat at 2-under, but the next five holes cost him dear, even if this wasn’t the only disappointment of the week.
After his first tee-shot last Wednesday, the hot topic of slow play again reared its head, with Twitter users pouncing on his pre-shot routine.
Having been announced. only then does the 43-year-old take the range-finder out, put his glove on, place his tee on the ground, strap the glove and hit the shot. The routine was a visible show of nerves, but keyboard golfers don’t hold back, as both Patrick Cantlay and Max Homa recently found out.
The USGA U.S Open social media account posted the video of the routine, and received some expected replies.
.@TonyRomo has quite the crowd at #USOpen local qualifying today in Texas! @TexasGolfAssoc
Follow along ? https://t.co/w8QTbaZ9crpic.twitter.com/a23SAnKiXc
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) May 3, 2023
Thoughts @AndyTFE @BrendanPorath ? Can’t take the first 35 seconds after announcement shooting a target on a par 5 that you could have shot while you were waiting, putting on your glove (also could have been done before) and putting the ball on the tee right? Am I wrong?
— Alex Coffman (@xander_coffman) May 3, 2023
Twitter user @Tim_Freeze commented: “Seriously? Your name is called, people clap, and THEN you shoot a target??? So many questions…”
The vast majority of responses were of the same theme, with @GeoffJordan5 stating: “Slow play on the 1st tee. Thanks Tony! Be ready to hit when it is your turn. Get your damn glove on, get the distances calculated *before* you get into the tee box. For crying out loud.”
whilst another, @E80317894, saw the need to link all the current new together: “Taking well over a minute to hit a tee shot he will fit right in.”