Tony Romo shoots 81 in qualifying

Updated: May 9, 2011, 4:34 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

Tony Romo's bid to make the U.S. Open is on hold for another year.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback shot a 9-over 81 at the local qualifier at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, on Monday, leaving him off the list of players advancing to the next stage.

The top 10 golfers move on to sectional qualifying at Dallas Athletic Club next month. The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

In extremely windy conditions Romo made bogeys on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 11 and 18 with a double bogey on No. 8 and triple bogey on No. 15 after his tee shot went out of bounds.

His lone birdie came on the front nine at the par-5 seventh hole.

"The golf course is probably the toughest in the area but when you add the USGA with their greens and some of the pin placements, then add to that the wind, it was a monster today," Romo said. "It was as tough as I've seen it out here."

Romo and 40 other players began their first full-team workouts of the offseason last week and they should continue this week.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn't have a problem with his QB playing competitive golf.

"I know since I've been around the NFL, players love to play golf, and they love to play golf in the offseason," Garrett said Monday on "Pro Football Talk Live." "It's really a way for them to kind of get away from what they're doing at the facility, with the workouts or with the practice they're involved in. So it's always been a relief for a lot of guys at a lot of different positions.

"Tony just so happens to be pretty good at it. He gets a lot of attention for it, but we probably have some guys on our team that play a lot more golf than Tony does."

Garrett said that he is happy that Romo is so competitive and doesn't think taking that to the golf course is bad for his football.

"We've never viewed it as a distraction," Garrett said. "He's always the first guy in the building. He stays there late. He loves football and he loves his role as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. He's never shown us any reason to think that it's a distraction in any way from what he's doing for us with the Cowboys."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.

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