Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been installed as a 10,000-1 longshot by multiple sportsbooks to win this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
It will be Romo’s third appearance on the PGA Tour following sponsors exemptions into the past two Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championships, an opposite field event where he missed the cut in both attempts. While the Byron Nelson features only two of the top 20 players in the world rankings and Romo is a member at Trinity Forest Golf Club, the field will be much stronger than those he has previously faced on Tour.
Caesers Entertainment is a little more bullish on Romo’s chances this week, putting his odds at 2,000-1.
“If you want to compete, you want to play against the best,” Romo told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week. “Obviously I understand where I’m at comparatively to the guys in this field. These are the best of the best.”
Romo, 39, will also begin another attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open next week. He has failed in two previous attempts in that effort, but he did reach the sectional qualifying round in 2010, when he was still in the NFL.
Romo’s chances of making the cut in Dallas this week — let alone being in contention on Sunday — would appear astronomical. The next closest longshot listed by Bovada is Australian Stuart Deane at 750-1. A host of lesser-known PGA Tour pros are 500-1.
By comparison, world No. 3 Brooks Koepka is the current favorite at 6.5-1.
“Golf is one of my greatest passions outside my family and football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to compete amongst the pros again in this year’s AT&T Byron Nelson,” Romo said in a release from the tournament in February.
Last fall, Romo reached the second round of qualifying on the Web.com Tour. That followed his July win at the American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.