Tony Romo competes in US Open qualifier

31 October 2010 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo #9 and Owner Jerry Jones prior to the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington TX. Ray Carlin  Icon Sportswire

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ALEDO, Texas - Tony Romo's attempt to make next month's U.S. Open ended in local qualifying Monday with a 75 at Split Rail Links & Golf Club, but the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback feels like his golf game is just starting.

Romo, with a scratch handicap and recently retired from football, is trying to qualify for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship by going through a local qualifier, which in his case is today at Split Rail in Annetta.

He played in high school and tried to qualify for the U.S. Open nearly every year between 2003 and 2011.

Just a few weeks after retiring as an National Football League player, and a few months before his new job as an National Football League broadcaster with CBS Sports, Romo shot a 3-over 75 on Monday at Split Rail Links & Golf Club.

Romo finished tied for 40th in the field of 117 players vying for seven spots to qualify for the sectionals.

Ten U.S. locations will host 36-hole sectional qualifying rounds on June 5.

Players who advance beyond local qualifying will move on to sectional qualifying. That's why you love to do things. He filed an entry in 2012, although he chose to skip the qualifier that year.

We've seen networks hire players and coaches for the broadcast booth or studio, but to have them become a lead analyst right off the bat is rare. I also know that I'll probably stink for a while. A little self-deprecating humor goes a long way.

Ramiro Romo, Tony's father, competed in the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Now, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback will turn to broadcasting for CBS. You're coming into the unknown and something I have to get better at and I like a challenge. "Hopefully I'll continue to improve", he said according to the Star-Telegram. "Golf and football are totally different sports, and for him to be good at both of those ... now granted, it's a kind of a big step from going from where he is to professional level, but to be able to shoot the scores that he does while playing football at the time is pretty impressive".

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