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Spieth earned a sponsor’s exemption into the field and will play at least three rounds with Romo.
Romo and Spieth have played competitively together at the Azalea Invitational, an amateur tournament in South Carolina, as well as in friendly rounds in Dallas.
Spieth, who led Texas to a national championship before turning pro, was unable to earn his PGA Tour card through Qualifying School but will play in several PGA Tour events in 2013. He missed the cut at his first event, the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making another run at his favorite offseason golf event -- the U.S. Open.
Romo, who advanced to sectional qualifying two years ago, will play in the local qualifier on May 14 at Old American Golf Club in The Colony. If he advances, sectional qualifying will again be in Houston. He filed his entry under the name "Antonio" Romo.
He didn't make it out of local qualifying last year, shooting a 9-over 81.
The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Earlier this year, Romo was paired with Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, finishing tied for 17th in the best-ball team competition.
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.
Tony Romo will be playing on Sunday after all.
Romo’s chances at being around on Sunday looked slim when the duo dropped into a tie for 50th place after Friday’s second round (only the top 25 teams make the cut). But Romo and Woods, who made a charge of his own with a 5-under 67, got off to a quick start with Romo making birdie on No. 10, the team’s first hole of the day.
Woods bogeyed the par-3 12th but finished his front nine with birdies on five of the last six holes. Romo birdied No. 15 and nearly birdied 16, but his chip lipped out. He got unlucky again on No. 17 when his blast from the greenside bunker rolled around the cup and stayed out.
Romo knocked his approach shot close on No. 1 and sank the putt for another birdie and followed that up with birdie on the second. Woods also made birdie on No. 2, and he parred the final eight holes coming home. He is alone in third place at 11 under and trails leader Charlie Wi by four shots heading into the final round.
Romo finished his birdie binge after another shot in tight to the short par-3 seventh hole.
Tony Romo is used to playing on Sundays. But he probably won't have that chance this weekend.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Tiger Woods slipped into a tie for 50th at 10 under after a second-round 67 in the best-ball team portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday.
Playing on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula course, considered the easiest of the three courses being used this week, Woods and Romo got off to a fast start, with each making birdie on the opening hole. Romo followed that up with another birdie on No. 2, while Woods had to settle for par.
The two early birdies put the Romo-Woods pairing at -9 overall and tied for 19th for the moment, but that momentum wouldn't last.
Woods, who needed 33 putts in his second round, missed three putts inside of 10 feet and also had a couple of lip-outs in a round of 2-under 68 that left him tied for 17th, six strokes back of leader Charlie Wi heading into the weekend.
Woods and Romo will play Saturday’s third round at Pebble Beach and will tee off of No. 10 at 10:22 a.m.
But Romo’s chances of being around for Sunday are slim. Only the top 25 teams advance to the final round.
The pair opened the tournament with a 7-under 65 at Spyglass Hill on Thursday and were tied for 25th.
Talk about a power couple.
Tony Romo is paired with Tiger Woods for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback contributed his fair share of shots in the first round Thursday.
Woods made six birdies and two bogeys for a 4-under 68 and a share of 15th place, five shots off the lead. Romo, who does not get any strokes because he is a scratch golfer, made pars on the two holes Woods bogeyed (Nos. 13 and 4) and birdied the par-5 14th with a little advice from Woods, who helped with the read on the birdie putt.
That put the pair at 7 under as a team in the best-ball format, good for 25th place.
Romo seemed to have a bit of stage fright, which seems strange for a guy used to competing in front of 70,000 screaming fans. Of course, he's not playing golf in front of them, and even a strong player like Romo is going to have some jitters in a setting such as this.
"He's an outstanding player and competitor,'' Romo said. "Anybody who walks along and sees the shots knows he's hitting the ball well. He's got a great shot this week.''
Romo and Woods started their round at Spyglass Hill on No. 10. They will tee off Friday at 11:17 a.m. CT on No. 1 at the Monterey Peninsula course.
Bob Harig of ESPN.com contributed to this report.
Tiger Woods talked about Pebble Beach Pro-Am partner Tony Romo while discussing this weekend's tournament with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez.
Woods said the Cowboys' quarterback has been calling, texting and sending video of his swing.
"He's just so fired up about playing," Woods said of Romo. "He's a hell of a golfer to begin with. He's a scratch golfer. To him this is like a dream come true for him to come out and play in this type of event."
Woods said Romo's goal is to finish on top of the leaderboard.
"He wants to not just make the cut," Woods said. "He wants to win the tournament so he's trying to figure out, 'How many birdies I need to make and blah blah blah.' And I said, 'OK, well, why don't we just both play well at the same time.'"
Woods will play with Romo in the pro-am format that requires each team to play at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club over the first three rounds. The cut is then made after 54 holes, with all pros and the top amateur teams advancing to the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach.
PGA Tour pro Ryan Palmer, who lives in the Metroplex and is friends with Romo, confirmed as much as well, telling PGATour.com that Romo already told him that he is playing with Woods.
It wouldn't be the first time that Woods and Romo have been paired together. They played a Wednesday pro-am in 2009 at Congressional in the AT&T National.
Woods has not played in this particular event since 2002. However, he did play the course during the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for fourth.
Romo had no interest in discussing either topic during his chat Thursday with the Valley Ranch media horde.
He had the same answer when asked about his Vegas trip and whether he'd talked to Woods: "I'm not talking about that."
Tony Romo has yet to win an NFL playoff game, but he has earned a prestigious title: The best amateur golfer among professional athletes.
Romo, who has recently formed a friendship with Tiger Woods, ranks No. 1 in Golf Digest's rankings of athlete-golfers with a handicap of plus-3.3.
Of course, some Cowboys fans won't be pleased with Romo's top ranking. There's a perception that Romo should focus less on golf and more on football, even though he spends more free time at Valley Ranch than any other Cowboys player.