NFL Nation: Earl Woods
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. 12 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.