Romo shoots 68 in return to Fischer

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Eric Schmoldt
Friday, June 23, 2017

Tony Romo is back at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Championship.

And he didn't come back for the first time in five years to simply play a couple casual rounds of golf.

Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who is headed to the CBS broadcast booth this fall, shot a 4-under 68 Friday at Riverside Golf Course and is one shot off the lead at the 51st annual event featuring the top amateurs in the state.

"I wouldn't play play in a tournament if I felt like I couldn't win, or at least I haven't in a long time," the Burlington native said. "That's why I'm here, and we'll see if we can make it happen."

Romo was a fixture at the tournament for several years until injuries and superstar contracts made playing competitive golf less of a priority.

"It's great to be back," Romo said. "I've always enjoyed this tournament. Everyone treats you so well and I know a bunch of the guys and get to play with my dad."

Romo's father, Ramiro, played in the group ahead of his son Friday afternoon. When there was a break in the action, they'd convene quickly to see how each other's rounds were going.

Tony had three birdies and one bogey on both the front and back nine.

Romo said his retirement from football hasn't necessarily led to more golf. Shortly after he announced his retirement, he signed a deal with CBS.

He'll be the network's top color commentator, sitting alongside Jim Nantz. With no prior broadcasting experience, Romo said he's been busy learning the ropes.

"It's obviously a little bit different, but it's exciting and I'm ready," said Romo, who is home for about a week and conducted a youth camp at Burlington High School earlier this week. "I've got a little bit more free time, but at the same time, my time now goes toward CBS instead of football. I'm kind of in a crash course a little bit to try and learn. It's been pretty enjoyable."

No word on if Nance would come to Janesville to call the final 36 holes Sunday if his new broadcasting partner remains near the top of the leaderboard.

Last updated: 10:17 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

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