Romo invades Skins country to play with Tiger

July, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

At 6:30 a.m. ET today, Tiger Woods and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo were set to tee off together at Congressional Country Club in the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am. The pairing has caused some (mild) controversy because Woods chose Romo over Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, who just happens to be playing in the 6:40 a.m. group.

According to Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog, at least one member of the prestigious Congressional CC has vowed to boo Romo.

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Campbell's reportedly a decent golfer, but Romo's close to scratch (that's good) and has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open on several occasions. Romo's also had the pleasure of teeing it up with Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar and me at Pebble Beach, but we'll save that story for another day.

Campbell will play in a group with Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and former Masters champion Mike Weir. If Romo's taking too much time on the greens, there's always the chance that Campbell hits into him, although I wouldn't bet on it. Steinberg asked PGA Tour pro Paul Goydos what he thought about the prospect of people booing Romo.

"Do I think they should interfere with the round of golf? No," said Goydos, a Rams fan. "Do I think they should give him some [stuff] if they get the opportunity? That's part of life. He gets paid very well. I don't know that you should be hassling Tiger because he's got Romo out there. But a Cowboy coming into Redskin or Eagle or Giant territory has to expect that a little bit. For me to tell them it's inappropriate is not fair. Those people are nuts."

I'm told that ESPN.com golf writer Jason Sobel, who did a superb job at the U.S. Open, will be following the Woods-Romo pairing this morning. We'll try to update you on the round. My prediction: Woods shoots 66, Romo posts a 77. And honestly, 6:30 a.m. is way too early for booing. I'd be surprised if anyone actually wakes up early enough to heckle Romo.

Here's what Romo told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday about the opportunity to play with Woods:

"I love talking to individuals who have success in their field," Romo said. "Obviously he's done that so it'll be a very enjoyable experience for me to figure out the way he thinks and some of the things he focuses on to improve as a player and continue to grow and get better.

"I've always felt golf for me allows me to work on the mental side, being in a competitive situation. People are kidding themselves if they don't think you can improve in football if you play other sports. You put yourself in a competitive environment where you're not sure you'll have success or fail, the more times you do that it's a benefit. The more times you trust your instincts or trust your preparation it can only help."

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