NFC East: Romo-Tiger

Woods, Romo Tee Off

July, 1, 2009
7/01/09
9:13
PM ET

Live report from the Woods-Romo foursome

July, 1, 2009
7/01/09
12:18
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

One of our favorite golf writers, ESPN.com's Jason Sobel, woke up at 5 ET this morning to follow a foursome that included Tiger Woods and Tony Romo -- oh and House Minority Leader John Boehner. Woods had invited Romo to play with him in Wednesday's Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am, which precedes the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Here's Sobel's from-the-scene account of what took place this morning:

 
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  Tiger Woods and Tony Romo played together in Wednesday's pro-am.

"A funny thing happened when Tony Romo showed up at the 10th tee at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for a tee time with Tiger Woods in the pro-am for the AT&T National here in the heart of Redskins country," writes Sobel. "He was greeted with ... applause.

"Throughout his round with tournament host Woods, Congress Minority Leader John Boehner and Dallas-based automobile broker Tom Dundon, the Cowboys quarterback was treated as if this was a home game by the gallery members, a few dozen of whom were adorned in navy, silver and white No. 9 jerseys.

"Oh sure, there were a few who stayed loyal to the local team, including one 10-year-old who audibly admonished Jessica Simpson -- not present at the time -- for "settling" on beau Romo, who was "getting chubby." Another spectator wore a T-shirt that read, "Romo wuz NOT built in a day," which may have been more factual than adversarial. When the scratch handicapper flubbed a fairway wood approach shot on No. 9, there were a few lighthearted catcalls, but nothing of real disdain. And during the tournament's opening ceremony, Romo received a smattering of boos, as Redskins stars Jason Campbell and Antwaan Randle El were met with boisterous cheers.

"As for the golf, Romo actually stepped it back and played the final 17 holes from the tournament tees alongside Woods, even outdriving his partner on a few occasions. Though his putting stroke left something to be desired, the quarterback acquitted himself well, helping the team to an overall score of 9-under-par.

"It may not have been the kind of performance that would equate to a game-winning drive at FedEx Field, but it was hardly an ill-timed interception, either."

Join me in thanking the official golf analyst of the Beast, Jason Sobel. His live blogs during the majors the last couple years have been brilliant. And in case you missed the news, Woods has asked Romo's girlfriend, Jessica Simpson, to sing the national anthem before Thursday's first round. I didn't realize anyone sang the national anthem before golf tournaments, but it sounds like a nice touch. We'll continue to bring you Woods-Romo updates throughout the day. That's what you guys have demanded.

Skins fan gets in Romo's head early in round

July, 1, 2009
7/01/09
10:28
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Tony Romo and Tiger Woods should be wrapping up their round in the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. soon and hopefully we'll have some updates for you. I know you'll be waiting on the edge of your laptops.

One humorous note from this morning: According to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga's Twitter feed, someone wrote "Go Redskins!" in Romo's yardage book. I'm sure he appreciated the encouraging note. By the way, Skins quarterback Jason Campbell is playing in the group behind Romo with wide receiver Antwaan Randle El.

We'll be filing updates throughout the day. Don't go anywhere. I'm serious!

Romo invades Skins country to play with Tiger

July, 1, 2009
7/01/09
8:00
AM ET

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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