'Coach' Tony Romo with a lot on plate

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Tony Romo’s golf hobby has always been a topic of interest. Now that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has cut back on his golf game this offseason, it remains topical.

Romo did not take part in the team’s annual sponsors’ appreciation golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Course on Wednesday, continuing an offseason in which he has kept the clubs in the trunk ... at least publicly.

Romo played the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February with Dallas PGA Tour pro Jordan Spieth, but since then has not played in the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, S.C., a tournament in which he has played the last few years, the Adams Pro-Scratch or attempted to qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Classic or the U.S. Open.

“I just think Tony’s got a lot on his plate now with his new role as coach,” executive vice president Stephen Jones joked.

A Cowboys official said Romo was taking part in “installation meetings” at Valley Ranch with coaches Wednesday as they prepare for next week’s organized team activities.

Much has been made of the increased role Romo has had in the offensive meetings in the offseason and will have when the season starts, but coach Jason Garrett does not believe much will change.

“It’s really been similar to every quarterback situation I’ve been involved in with every team I’ve been involved in,” Garrett said. “I was a quarterback in the league, so I saw those dynamics. I’ve been a quarterback coach and an offensive coordinator and in every place, in this organization and others you’re trying to get that kind of rapport with your starting quarterback and coaching staff. We’ve had it and we’ll continue to have that.”