It's safe to say the Tony Romo PGA Tour experiment might be a short-lived one. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback followed up his first-round 77 with an 82 on Friday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic, missing the cut by 16 shots and finishing in last place.
Romo showed a bit of promise on the front nine at Corales Golf Club on Thursday, making three birdies and three bogeys to turn in even-par 36. After three consecutive pars, things went backwards quickly, as he played the next four holes in five over. Things didn't get much better on Friday, when Romo opened his round with six straight bogeys, ending his slim-at-best chances of making the cut, which ended up being one under. He turned in eight-over 44, and finished with a 38 that included two birdies and two double bogeys on his home nine.
"I lipped out three or four putts early, some short putts that kind of got me almost a little bit pressing," Romo said. "I just didn't hit the irons very good today. The back nine's 4,000-some yards, so when you're not hitting those, well you're going to have tough shots.
"Short-sided a few times, made too many mistakes. So a lot of stuff to learn from, and in a good way. I'll be able to kind of assess why I didn't play as well as I wanted to and then you go attack it. In a month from now I think we'll see things a little better."
Romo's 15-over 159 placed him six shots back of the next closest competitor, amateur Rhadames Pena, who posted rounds of 71 and 82 to finish at nine over. Leader Brice Garnett bested Romo by 28 shots, firing rounds of 63 and 68 to get to 13-under 131.
Hunter Mahan, Matt Every and 54-hole Valspar Championship-leader Corey Conners sit four back of Garnett at nine-under 135.