Former Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo Rallies To Win American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament

By Paul John Rivera
on Jul 17, 2018 09:51 PM EDT
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After failing to win a Super Bowl trophy, Tony Romo is on a roll, winning two consecutive titles, but not as a football player.

Romo scored a come-from-behind victory in the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback finally hoisted the trophy after settling for second-place finishes in three of the last seven editions of the celebrity golf tournament.

Romo Shows Poise In Cardiac Finish

The former NFL superstar had a par on the 18th hole, which was worth one point, to finish with 71 points in the tournament, 27 coming in the final day, ESPN reported. He withstood the pressure in the final hole, as St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder and San Jose Sharks superstar Joe Pavelski were also in strong contention for the title.

"It's a special win," Romo said of his victory, which was his second this month after also ruling the Tri-Course Amateur Championship in Wisconsin last weekend. "It feels like you're playing a tournament back home here. The day felt good for a lot of reasons."

Mulders, who won the last three American Century Championship tournaments, eventually finished with 66 points to settle for third place. He ended up tied with former NBA superstar Ray Allen, and just two points behind Pavelski, who wound up second in the tournament.

Pavelski had a chance to force a tie with Romo on the 18th hole. However, the 34-year-old Sharks captain, who was on top after the first two rounds of the tournament, failed to convert a seven-foot eagle putt.

"It feels like nothing went in for me today," Pavelski said. "But I couldn't ask for more than to have that putt to tie on the last hole."

Romo Turns Down Cash Prize For A Reason

Romo earned the right to take home $125,000 for winning the tournament. However, the California native did not accept the cash prize.

According to USA Today, Romo turned down the paycheck to keep his amateur status. The $125,000 prize will now be distributed to local charities, including the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Romo, who is now working as a CBS announcer after retiring from the NFL, will play at Mascoutin Golf Club in Wisconsin, aiming to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.

It was not the first time Romo attempted to qualify for a major tournament, as he also tried his luck in the U.S. Open qualifying in April but failed to secure a spot, NBC Sports reported.

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