Cowboys’ Romo, Ex-Pitcher Smoltz Are Among Applicants for Golf’s U.S. Open

This June’s U.S. Open is getting more interesting with 8,300 golfers applying to play including former Major League Baseball pitcher John Smoltz and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

This will be Romo’s third attempt to qualify for the second oldest major championship in golf. He won a four-man playoff in the 2010 tournament where he reached the final qualifying round but had to withdraw due to weather delay.

The 31-year old Romo will be at the Stonebridge Ranch and Country Club in McKinney, Texas for the 18-hole local qualifying round on May 9. But before he can compete in the June 16-19 U.S. Open scheduled at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, he has to advance through the 36-hole qualifying round.

Up to 156 players will play in the U.S. Open including the exempted 65 players. Amateurs must have a handicap index of no more than 1.4 to be eligible for qualifying.

The 44-year old Smoltz on the other hand failed to qualify for the U.S Open in his previous attempts. He shot a 12-over par 84 during the South Georgia Classic opening round.

Smoltz, who was a recipient of a sponsor’s exemption to play in the event during the Nationwide Tour, will be among those who will compete in Suwanee, Georgia for the local qualifying on May 17.

Among those exempted into the event are the eight former champions including Graeme McDowell who won the 2010 Open at the Pebble beach Golf in California and Tiger Woods who won three times.