Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has taken a major step forward in his fledgling golf career.
Playing on one of his home courses in Wisconsin, Romo shot a two-under 69 in the final round at Meadowbrook Country Club to win the Racine Tri-Course Amateur Championship by a whopping nine strokes.
Already a success in the television booth as the color analyst on CBS’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team, Romo, 38, is building an impressive golf resume as well following his retirement from pro football.
Romo, who also won the tournament in 2004, became just the third player in the event’s 57-year history to shoot three subpar rounds.
“I stayed aggressive,” Romo told The (Racine) Journal Times. “I took mostly conservative lines and aggressive swings, and that’s the approach you take when you have a lead. When you’re hitting it as solid as I’ve been hitting it, you can trust it — commit to the swing and hit it.”
The win underscores the progress Romo has made in his golf game over the past year. He got a sponsor’s exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in March, but shot rounds of 77 and 82 to finish in last place.
In April, he failed to get out of the opening stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Playing in a mid-amateur division of the Carlton Woods Invitational in May, he was the tournament’s co-leader after the first round, but fell back in the pack and tied for eighth.