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Weeks after NFL retirement ex-Cowboys quarterback targets US Open qualification

It will be Tony Romo’s fourth attempt to reach the Major.

Tony Romo
Tony Romo

HAVING RETIRED FROM the NFL last month, Tony Romo is to launch another bid to make his name in golf, with the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback set to try to qualify for the 2017 US Open.

Romo, long renowned for his golfing skill, will attempt to earn a place in the field at Erin Hills next month.

The 37-year-old is listed in the United States Golf Association (USGA) database of entrants and is set to play in the local qualifier at Split Rail Links and Golf Club in Aledo, Texas on 8 May.

He has been grouped with Mike Rausch and David Lutterus and they will be the final trio to tee off at 13.30 local time.

Seven qualifying places and two alternate spots are up for grabs in the one-round tournament.

This is not the first time Romo has attempted to play his way into the US Open. He tried in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and advanced to sectional qualifying in 2010 but had to withdraw because weather delays created a conflict with Cowboys practices.

That result indicates Romo’s skill level, as this is not something anybody can even attempt — USGA rules require a handicap index “not exceeding 1.4″ to enter a qualifier.

Romo stepped away from golf for a while after undergoing back surgery at the end of the 2013 NFL season, but he returned to competitive play earlier this year.

He played alongside his father, Ramiro, in the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina, last month. He shot 78-77-77 to miss the 54-hole cut and days later announced he was joining the CBS NFL broadcast team for the 2017 season.

Though some still believe Romo might be lured out of his retirement under the right circumstances, for now it appears he is channelling his competitive instincts to the golf course.

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