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Tony Romo says he gave up golf because of back surgery

Tony Romo has had two back surgeries in the past eight months. That's not easy to recover from, and with the Dallas Cowboys putting most of their eggs in the 34-year-old's basket, he decided it was time to make a sacrifice.

Romo revealed to the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he hasn't played golf since his first back operation "almost a year and a half" ago. Romo, who boasts a +0.3 handicap and has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times, says he's giving up the game because he needs to focus on staying healthy. Romo was also part of Golf Digest's U.S. Open Challenge, where he shot 84 at Torrey Pines in 2008.

According to the article:

"Sometimes you put yourself in a tough position when coming off a surgery," Romo said. "That's why we have a pitch count with me throwing and why we do it that way..."You've got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you're at and go from there for everything,"' Romo said.

"It's not just golf. It's a way you live life. "I don't think about it as [giving up] golf. It's just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.'"