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Tony Romo teams with 6-foot-10 high school senior to qualify for U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

October 11, 2022

Alex Bierens de Haan

After numerous attempts to make a splash on some of golf’s biggest stages, Tony Romo is finally going to play in a USGA championship.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL analyst for CBS combined with Tommy Morrison, a 17-year-old University of Texas commit, to reach the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The two shot a best-ball score of nine-under-par 63 at Winter Creek Golf Club in Blanchard, Okla., on Monday. That tied for medalist honors as two pairs qualified for the championship that will be staged May 20-24 at the Kiawah Island Club.

Romo, 42, came through by shooting a 66 that included eight birdies—five of which were used for the team score. Morris, a 6-foot-10 high school senior from Frisco, Texas, scored 72 and contributed two solo birdies.

Morrison is among the top-ranked junior golfers in the country and currently stands at 429th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. His best finish over the summer was a runner-up showing in the North & South Amateur Championship. He was born with a congenital heart condition that required him to have surgery at just 2½ weeks. 

Romo has been chasing competitive golf opportunities since he retired from the NFL in 2016. Through sponsor’s exemptions, he has played in four PGA Tour events and three Korn Ferry Tour tournaments, but has not made a weekend cut. His best single-round score in all of the events is 70. This year, he failed to advance out of KFT Q school pre-qualifying.

The 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be the eighth played after the format replaced the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2015. (The tournament wasn’t played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) Former Wake Forest players Chad Wilfong and Davis Womble won the 2022 title.