Cowboys' Tony Romo Holds Own at Torrey Pines, Still Proves Talent of Pros

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 7, 2008

Quite frankly, I think it is pretty amazing that Tony Romo is this good at two sports. We already know how good he is at football; after all, he's a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback.

Golf giant Tiger Woods said last year at Oakmont that he believed no 10-handicapper could break 100 at the difficult Torrey Pines. Woods' declaration proved true, as even 6-handicap Matt Lauer struggled to a 100. But Romo, who has a 2.2 handicap, dropped an 84 on the card.

Romo played the first nine holes just five over, which may very well be better than some do at the U.S. Open next week.

His golf ability must be fine-tuned during the offseason, because shooting an 84 at Torrey Pines is just unbelievable. It is pretty obvious that he has the power to subdue the length of Torrey Pines, but to couple that with pinpoint accuracy is something you credit to only the PGA pros.

Woods may have been correct that no 10-handicapper would break 100, but it's doubtful that he would have predicted Romo's impressive score.

I am well aware that the superstars of the NFL have a lot of days off during the offseason, but to be able to shoot an 84 at one of the most difficult courses in PGA Tour history? Now that’s astonishing.

I’m going to stop immortalizing Romo for a little, because I think Woods' message might be the most important part of this remarkable round.

It goes to show the public just how hard these major courses are. Just because fans expect Woods to birdie each and every hole, it doesn't mean it's going to happen. I mean, the guy will most likely go down as the greatest player in the history of golf, but it's simply unrealistic to expect him to throw a 64 on the scorecard at such a hard place.

Even Romo and his playing partners, Lauer and Justin Timberlake, echoed that sentiment.

"It's just inhuman how well they strike it," Timberlake said in an interview with the Associated Press

Timberlake also noted that the greens were tough to read and the rough might have been nearly impossible to hit out of. After all, there is a reason why they call it Torrey Pines.

I often remark to friends that I don't think any one of us could break 150 on a major-level course. One of my friends, who regularly shoots in the high-70s/low-80s, said he thinks he would be close to breaking 100 on a course such as Torrey Pines.

That theory may have been given its correct answer today, as Lauer, who shoots an average of 78, had to scribble triple-digits on his card.

Romo's round may have been impressive in its own right, but to think that Woods and his PGA company shoot under par on courses like this four times a year is simply unthinkable. Hopefully after hearing of this story, the golfing nation will have a more lenient way with Woods if he puts up a mere 2-under-par round sometime this week.

PGA players deserve credit where it is due. This course can be summed up in one phrase: "Amateurs not welcome."