Tiger Woods wants to work his way back to the top of the golf world.
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.
“I don’t know if it’s a good sign or a bad sign,” Woods said of his 68. “With the scores the way they are, I thought I could have it lower than I did. The guys are just tearing this place apart with no wind. I’m not too far away from posting a good number out there.”
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.