Tony Romo finished the first round of his third PGA Tour event at 7-over 79 on Thursday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.
Romo, competing on a sponsor exemption, bogeyed three of his first four holes, followed by a triple-bogey on No. 8 to finish the front nine 6 over. The 38-year-old was 1 over on the back nine with a bogey on No. 13.
Romo had a chance to birdie No. 18, but the windy conditions at the Dominican Republic course forced him to par his final hole. He finished play Thursday in last place.
Matt Jones finished the round in first with a 66, three strokes ahead of a three-way tie for second among D.J. Trahan, Jhonattan Vegas and David Lingmerth.
Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who is now the lead NFL analyst for CBS, competed in the Punta Cana tournament last year on another sponsor exemption and finished last at 15 over, missing the cut in his first Tour event.
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In February, Romo received another sponsor exemption and is expected to play in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson in May. The tournament would be Romo’s fourth Tour appearance.
In 2018, Romo won the Racine Tri-Course Amateur Championship in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, and the American Century Championship after finishing runner-up the past three years.