Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Tiger Woods, Tony Romo team up


Two peas in a pod. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Tony Romo wants to guide his team back to prominence in the NFL.

Call ‘em Tiger and Tony (or Tony the Tiger?), but together they make the perfect pair for this weekend’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Woods had six birdies and shot a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill, the hardest of the three courses used for the tournament. Dustin Johnson’s two eagles helped him into a three-way tie atop the PGA leaderboard with a 9-under 63.

For Johnson, the return to the scene of his 2010 U.S. Open meltdown went as well as he could have hoped.

“I like it. It’s on place I really enjoy,” said Johnson, who is aiming for his third Pebble Beach Pro-Am win. “Especially on days like today, you couldn’t ask for a better place playing golf.”

On a day that featured ideal weather and low scores, Woods played the par 5s at 3-under. Romo pitched in with pars on the two par 4s where Woods made bogey. The duo finished Day 1 tied for 25th place at 7-under and play Friday’s round at the Monterey Peninsula Course.


Dustin Johnson was in a three-way tie for the lead after Round 1. (Eric Risberg/AP)

As for Romo, he was happy to take as much advice as possible from the former World No. 1.

“He’s an outstanding player and competitor,” Romo said. “Anybody who walks along and sees the shots knows he’s hitting the ball well. He’s got a great shot this week.”

Woods returned the praise, noting the distance of Romo’s drives and calling him “a hell of a golfer.”

If the pair can pull out a win, it would be the first significant victory for either athlete since Jan. 9, 2010, when the Cowboys beat the Eagles in an NFC Wild Card playoff game. Tiger’s last win came four months prior at the BMW Championship Cog Hill.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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