The NFL offseason is a seemingly endless slog, a seven-month stretch between games that matter. The PGA Tour offseason is the length of a commercial break.

After Rory McIlroy was crowned FedEx Cup champion at East Lake on Aug. 25, the tour took less than three weeks off before the 2019-20 schedule began at the Greenbrier. And while the fields at the first two events of the year did not garner much notice, this weekend’s Safeway Open in Northern California has attracted a strong group of players, including Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

Oh, and Tony Romo. Again.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, current CBS NFL color commentator and ardent golf striver will get his fourth shot at making a PGA Tour cut after receiving a sponsor’s exemption into the tournament. His previous three attempts ended poorly. In 2018, his two-round score of 15-over-par 159 at a tournament in the Dominican Republic was dead last, and he followed up this year with the same two-round score on the same course in March. Then, in May, Romo carded his best-ever score, a 3-over 74, in the second round of the Byron Nelson. It still wasn’t even close to good enough to make the cut.

Those previous three tournaments took place during the aforementioned long NFL offseason. The Safeway Open obviously does not, so CBS has a backup plan if Romo can somehow shoot his way into the weekend in Napa. According to the New York Post, Boomer Esiason will replace Romo alongside Jim Nantz for Sunday’s Vikings-Bears game in Chicago should Romo make the cut. If he doesn’t, he’ll take a private jet to Chicago for the game.

The chances of Romo getting a weekend off from the CBS booth are pretty long. Jeff Sherman, the vice president of risk management and chief golf oddsmaker for SuperBook USA, has given Romo 10,000-to-1 odds of winning the tournament, less of a chance than the likes of 59-year-old Fred Couples (500 to 1) and John Daly (2,000 to 1), who made the cut at the Safeway Open in 2017 but plies his trade mostly on the PGA Tour’s senior circuit these days.

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