Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo withdrew from the PGA Korn Ferry Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper on Thursday, citing a wrist issue.
Romo was playing on a sponsor’s exception and began his day on the No. 10 tee box. However, he picked up his ball after his second shot on No. 14. Ultimately, he expressed disappointment that he could not go on, especially singling out Executive Director Jerald Andrews.
Romo said he recently tore cartilage in his left wrist, received a cortisone shot last week and was hoping for a 10-day window to ready for the PCCC.
“When I talked to Jerald, I was very excited three or four months ago. Just having the opportunity to play in this event meant a lot to me,” Romo said. “With what’s happened with the pandemic, obviously we had to change our lives and routines a little bit. For me, this was my major this year. I was very excited.”
Romo later added, “The last thing I want to do withdraw early from a golf tournament. That’s something that’s not OK. Especially after everything Jerald and Price Cutter did to allow me to play in this.”
Romo, 41, had exited the American Century Championship a couple of weeks ago following a wrist issue on the Saturday of that made-for-TV event.
Thursday was his first official Korn Ferry Tour tournament. He competed in the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, making it through pre-qualifying but did not advance past the first stage. He also has missed the cut in four PGA Tour starts.
“The tournament appreciates Tony trying to grit it out today and being here. We wanted to see him play all the way to the finish, but health is the most important for any athlete,” Andrews said. “We hope Tony gets healed and keeps trying to chase his dream to play pro golf.”