Tony Romo plays rollercoaster first round in PGA Tour debut

Just as he did in the NFL, Tony Romo had his ups and downs on Thursday as he made his PGA Tour debut at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Romo scored a five-over-par 77 in his first round, paying the price for a dreadful stretch on the back nine.

Romo made an inauspicious start with back-to-back bogeys, but rallied with birdies on the fourth and fifth.

A bogey and another birdie over the next seven holes kept Romo at even par but he soon tumbled down the leaderboard.

He bogeyed the par-four 13th and followed that up with a double on 14 and back-to-back bogeys on 15 and 16, his round leaving him 14 strokes behind leader Brice Garnett and tied for 129th.

"I hit two poor tee balls. I just didn't commit to it and it put me in a tough spot to just make a par," Romo told Golf Channel.

"Ultimately over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point. But that's why you compete, so you can go practice.

"I hit a lot of good shots and ended up a couple times in some poor spots, but you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week. We had it going for a little bit. We were close."

Romo tees off his second round at 13:00 (local time) on Friday.

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