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Tony Romo received a sponsor's exemption to play an opposite-field event on the PGA Tour this year. His next foray into golf is something he wants to earn.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and CBS football analyst has entered the Web Tour qualifying tournament Miles Killebrew Jersey , which starts Wednesday morning at Lantana Golf Club in Texas. This will be the pre-qualifying stage, the start of a long road toward earning status on the Web Tour.
He has entered as an amateur.
Romo shots rounds of 77-82 to miss the cut in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in March, the same week as the Match Play in Austin, Texas. He tried to qualify for the U.S. Open a month later, but shot 77 at local qualifying in Texas and didn't come close to the eight players who advanced to the next stage.
The last athlete from another sport who tried to earn a Web Tour card was tennis player Mardy Fish in 2014.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has played a Web Tour event each of the last two years at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He has missed the cut both times, including rounds of 71-86 this year.
Eleven athletes from other sports have played the Web Tour. None has made the cut.
So for Romo, this might be the ultimate Hail Mary.
Johnny Miller will keep busy with NBC four out of the next five weeks, starting with the second FedEx Cup playoff event and into the Ryder Cup. He also will be at the Phoenix Open next year, which NBC will broadcast because CBS Sports has the Super Bowl.
After that, the 71-year-old Miller is not sure.
"It's been 50 years on the road, and part of me is saying, 'That's enough,'" Miller said Tuesday to promote the Safeway Open in Napa, California. "I haven't gotten to that point yet. They're still trying to convince me to keep going. So we'll see. I usually listen to my gut, so to speak, and my wife. Right now, I am planning on scaling down even more. We'll see what happens. Maybe I will say, 'Hey, one more year.'"
The Safeway Open, the first event of the new season Eddie Yarbrough Jersey , will be Oct. 4-7 and again is expected to feature Phil Mickelson, who most likely will be coming to wine country after the Ryder Cup in Paris. The tournament said Fred Couples would play on a sponsor's exemption, while other commitments include Tony Finau, Brandt Snedeker and Mark Mulder, the former major league pitcher.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Adam Scott still remembers the reaction from his playing partners at Firestone, where he started with Mike "Sponge" Waite as his caddie. One look in Scott's bag was reason for concern.
"They were worried for Sponge because it was his first day and they thought I had 15 clubs in the bag," Scott said.
Two putters would cause anyone to wonder that. Scott has been doing that on purpose the last three weeks, carrying the long putter that he has been using almost exclusively, and a conventional putter that lately has been taking up room in the bag.
Scott said he has used the short putter once, and that was at Firestone, a two-putt from about 20 feet. Why the two putters?
"I've been working with the short putter for a couple of months now and it's really good," Scott said last week at The Northern Trust. "I put it in to try and hole a few more putts at 15 to 20 feet, which is where I've really been poor. And ever since it's gone in, the stroke has just really gotten so much better with the long one that I haven't really thought about pulling it out."
To allow for an extra putter and keep 14 clubs in the bag, he took out his 3-iron and strengthened the 4-iron.
And he's not bothered by hardly ever using the short one. He figures that in any given round, a player will hit 40 percent of his shots with one club (the putter) and 60 percent with the other 13.
"It is kind of a waste," Scott said. "But as long as I'm putting well with the long one, I don't really care."
Scott finished third at the PGA Championship and tied for fifth at The Northern Trust. In those two weeks, his world ranking has gone from No. 76 to No. 38, and his position in the FedEx Cup has gone from No. 73 to No. 40 Youth Chicago Bears Jerseys , assuring him at least two more weeks in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Brooks Koepka has come a long way from using a jet ski as an incentive for winning.
Koepka and Peter Uihlein were roommates in Florida while they were traveling the world on European circuits. Koepka was the first to win on the Challenge Tour in Catalunya in 2012. Uihlein was the first to win a European Tour event the next year in Portugal, and then Koepka joined him with three Challenge Tour victories to earn an instant promotion to the European Tour.
"We had a standing agreement that whoever wins buys a jet ski," Uihlein said. "From a financial standpoint, we looked at it and thought it wasn't a smart business move. Anything that touches water is not a good idea. The value diminishes right away. But it was motivation for both of us at the time. He has a lot bigger jet ski now."
Most people would refer to the bigger one as a boat.
"That's enough for me," Koepka said. "It's so peaceful. It's my little sanctuary."
MCGIRT'S PAINFUL YEAR
William McGirt ended a most painful year, and it wasn't just because he registered only three top 10s 鈥?two of them last fall 鈥?and didn't play in a major. He has been battling a left hip injury since March at Bay Hill that has troubled him all year.
"I'm not sure what hurt worse, trying to swing or trying to walk," he said.
A cortisone shot allowed him to get through the summer, though the pain started to return at the Wyndham Championship and he knew the end was near. McGirt was No. 109 in the FedEx Cup going into the playoffs, missed the cut at The Northern Trust and was eliminated.
In some respects, it was a relief.
He plans surgery in the next few weeks to repair the la
With many NFL teams using a running back by committee approach, the "bell cow" back who carries the ball 20 times per game has become a hot commodity in fantasy football.
According to consensus draft rankings in point-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats, 10 of the first 15 players taken in typical drafts are running backs. If you want to field a competitive lineup this season, focus on RBs early.
Todd Gurley, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson are usually the first running backs selected in typical drafts.
Gurley flourished in Rams coach Sean McVay's revamped offense last season, leading all RBs with 13 rushing TDs, and he posted 64 receptions. He's the major cog in a top offense.
Bell has been a top 3 fantasy RB three of the past four seasons, but he's expected to miss his second straight training camp due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. Missing camp last season may have contributed to his slow start. He'll likely have another productive season, but buyer beware; Bell's played the most snaps of any NFL RB since the 2013 season.
Elliott led all RBs in 2017 with 98.3 rushing yards per game and will be the centerpiece of a depleted Cowboys offense. He'll also likely play a bigger role in the Cowboys pass offense this season.
Johnson missed most of the 2017 season due to a wrist injury Josh Morrissey Jersey , but he'll be the focal point of the Arizona offense. He rushed for 1,239 yards, scored 20 total TDs and registered 80 receptions in 2016. He'll run behind a fullback this season to minimize injury risk. Expect him to approach 2016 rushing and pass-catching stats.
Alvin Kamara caught 81 passes last season, but the Saints may need him to play more snaps than he's accustomed to while Mark Ingram serves a four game drug suspension. He may not match last season's combined 13 TDs, however he'll play a big part in the Saints passing game.
Saquon Barkley is expected to have a big impact in his rookie season, both in the Giants run game and in their passing offense. He was going to have a big role anyway, but Barkley's pass protection abilities will ensure he'll be on the field for the majority of the Giants' offensive snaps.
Kareem Hunt led NFL RBs with 1,327 rushing yards and added 53 receptions last season. He'll be the Chiefs' primary back in 2018 and may see a slight uptick in receiving targets with inexperienced QB Patrick Mahomes potentially using him as a safety valve in pressure situations.
Melvin Gordon's 3.8 career yards per carry (YPC) may not impress, however he had the third-most red zone carries among RBs last season and has scored 24 TDs in his last 29 games. TDs are hard to predict, but the Chargers consistently provide Gordon with a high volume of scoring opportunities. Gordon caught 58 balls out of the backfield in 2017 and his reception totals have increased in each of the past three seasons.
The Jaguars run-first offense will provide Leonard Fournette plenty of opportunities. He rushed for 1,040 yards and scored 10 total TDs in his 2017 rookie campaign, but wore down as the season progressed. He's had a history of foot related injuries dating back to his college days, and may not have prolific ball-catching skills, but if Fournette's health holds up, he should post another 1,000-yard rushing season.
Dalvin Cook is recovering from a torn ACL, but should be ready for Week 1. Although Latavius Murray will have a role in the Vikings backfield, Cook will be their primary back. Barring setbacks, pencil him in for 1,000-plus rushing yards and about 40 catches.
Although he'll still have fantasy value in standard (non-PPR) leagues Womens Victor Rask Jersey , Christian McCaffrey's 80 receptions from 2017 make him extra valuable in PPR. The Panthers have suggested he could get 25 to 30 touches per game. That sounds optimistic considering that C.J. Anderson is now in the mix, but if he approaches that workload, McCaffrey can possibly outplay his expectations of being a top 12 fantasy RB.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman landed in the NFL's concussion protocol twice last season. He also sprained both his MCL and PCL. When healthy he is one of the top RBs in all scoring formats.
Jerick McKinnon never had more than 159 carries in a season, but he'll be the featured back in the 49ers offense. His outstanding pass-catching abilities make him valuable in PPR leagues, however his lack of experience as a bell cow back and smallish frame makes you wonder if he can withstand the rigors of a 16 game NFL season.
Bengals RB Joe Mixon has immense talent, however inconsistency, a bad offensive line and uneven usage contributed to his underwhelming rookie season. As the Bengals' primary back, if his offensive line improves its level of play he could enjoy a breakout season.
Jordan Howard has an outstanding career 4.6 YPC, however he's had problems catching the ball. The Bears insist he'll be their featured back, however Tarik Cohen's abilities as a pass catcher could cut into Howard's snaps.
LeSean McCoy's offseason troubles and the anemic Bills offense make him risky. Jay Ajayi may break some runs this season but he's an injury risk in a crowded Eagles backfield. Avoid the Seahawks backfield until there is more clarity regarding Rashaad Penny's and Chris Carson's playing time. Sony Michel is expected to miss the rest of the preseason due to a knee injury that could also affect his availability to start the regular season.
Royce Freeman is a very talented RB who may end up being Denver's featured back. Keep an eye on De'Angelo Henderson as well. Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is a mid-level RB2 who is being drafted as an RB3.
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