LOS ANGELES: Retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will test his golf skills as he tries to qualify for the 2017 US Open championship.
Romo is among more than 9,000 players who signed up for the US Open qualifying.
He is scheduled to play an 18-hole local qualifier on Monday at Split Rail Links and Golf Club, which is outside Fort Worth, Texas.
If Romo plays well enough in that event to advance, he would compete in sectional qualifying in June. The US Open, the second major championship of the year, will be played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin June 15-18.
Romo attempted to play his way into the US Open three previous times. He tried in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and got as far as the sectional qualifying in 2010. In the 36-hole sectional qualifier seven years ago, Romo opened with a 71, but had to withdraw because delays due to inclement weather led to a conflict with Cowboys’ practices.
USGA rules require that players have a handicap index “not exceeding 1.4” to be eligible to enter as a qualifier.
Romo stayed away from golf for some time after having back surgery at the end of the 2013 NFL season. But he began playing seriously again this year. He announced his retirement, and a new career in broadcasting, in April.