Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Pebble Beach

Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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Harry How/Getty ImagesTiger Woods and Tony Romo share a laugh on the fifth hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Tiger Woods couldn't make up any ground Sunday to finish tied for 17th in the best-ball team competition of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The tandem started the day in a tie for 15th, but shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish at 23 under overall.

Woods had his worst round of the tournament, firing a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 15th at 8-under 278, nine strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson.

"I didn't hit it as bad as the score indicated, but I putted awful," Woods said. "As good as I felt on the greens yesterday, I felt bad today. Anything I tried to do wasn't working. Consequently, I made a ton of mistakes on the green."

"Tiger is close," Romo said. "He's building something; it's only a matter of time."

ESPN The Magazine's Sarah Turcotte and The Associated Press contributed to this report.