Tony Romo Struggles on Back 9, Shoots 5-Over Par in 1st PGA Tour Round

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2018

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 22:  Former NFL Player and amateur Tony Romo plays his shot from the first tee during round one of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship on March 26, 2018 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Former NFL star Tony Romo held his own during his first career round in the PGA Tour.

Romo finished five strokes over par with a score of 77 Thursday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. He tallied an even par on the front nine, but three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine hurt his overall score.

He now sits in a tie for 127th place out of 132 players, 14 strokes off the lead, per PGATour.com. Despite his struggles, he still had three birdies while averaging a respectable 288 yards per drive. He also showed off his putting skills throughout the day, including this shot on the fifth hole:

Even with a lot of ground to make up to just make the cut, Romo remains confident heading into Friday.

"I think I feel comfortable," he said after his round, per ESPN. "Just a couple of swings as I got to the back nine that you want back, but I'll be more committed. I'll know the lines a little bit better and hopefully I come out and go low."

The former quarterback and current CBS analyst has competed in several pro-am tournaments, but this is his first time battling on his own in an official PGA Tour event.

According to Jeff Shain of PGATour.com, Romo has a 0.3 handicap and nearly qualified for the U.S. Open in 2010 by getting to sectionals. While he remains an amateur golfer, he has what it takes to be competitive in his second sport.

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