Tony Romo, bad back and all, is dominating Wisconsin’s State Match Play Championship


Summer has officially begun, which means Tony Romo is spending most of his waking hours golfing. The former Cowboys quarterback returned to his home state of Wisconsin for this week’s Match Play Championship at the GCs of Lawsonia Links Course in Green Lake. Romo improved to 3-0 with Tuesday’s victory, though it didn’t come easy for the 42-year-old, who was spotted stretching out his back while his opponent, Sam Cianciola, putted from the 14th green.

Romo injured his back during the 2016 preseason, missing 10 games with a broken vertebra before eventually returning as Dak Prescott’s backup. He announced his retirement months later, ultimately landing in the CBS broadcast booth alongside play-by-play veteran Jim Nantz.

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Romo tied for fourth at a qualifying tournament earlier this month, finishing his round at Dretzka Park one under par. The Burlington native has long been a fixture on the celebrity golf circuit, frequently appearing at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, a tournament he’s won two of the last four years. Romo received a sponsorship exemption to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly in 2018, but didn’t make the cut.

Clearly, playing football at the sport’s highest level does the body no favors, with Romo still nursing a bad back that, if anything, has only gotten worse since his surgery six years ago. Romo’s back routine is reminiscent of what Larry Bird went through late in his Celtics career, lying on the floor to keep his aching joints limber. The four-time Pro Bowler will be back on the course for tomorrow’s single-elimination round of 16 with an eye toward Thursday’s championship match.

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