DALLAS — The AT&T Byron Nelson had some big names in the field with reigning U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Hideki Maysuyama playing, but the biggest star during the first round at Trinity Forest Golf Club was former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo.
Things got off to a great start as the big gallery lined the first fairway and saw Romo birdie the opening hole.
Romo’s biggest highlight of the day was a chip-in eagle on No. 7 that drew such a huge applause that a nearby spectator pronounced it the “Romo roar.”
It would all be downhill from there as doubles on 9 and 13 and bogeys on three of the final four holes saw Romo’s round end with a 5-over 76 and in a tie for 148th place.
“It was fun, hit a lot of good shots,” Romo said. “Hit some wayward tee shots on the back-9 that cost us coming in 9 as well. So I thought you just — not clean enough but, you know, lot of positives, I thought some good things.”
As for the huge gallery?
“It was fantastic,” Romo said. “It was really enjoyable. I could feel the energy and just feel them pulling for you. Made me feel good inside. Nice gesture by the fans today.”
— Denny McCarthy holds the first round lead with a 63 that included a double bogey on No. 4.
— Brooks Koepka is in with a tie for fourth after a first round 65 that that saw him bogey No.s 6 and 9 coming in (he started on No. 10).
“I’m pleased with the way I played,” Koepka said. “What I did there on6 or I forget the hole, 7, whatever hole it was, just hit a flyer from the middle of the fairway, and 9 didn’t hit a good shot. Other than that, I struck the ball beautifully.”
— Jordan Spieth had seven birdies, but unfortunately had two bogeys and a double bogey to finish at 3-under in a tie for 36th.
— Marc Leishman withdrew from the tournament with a lower back injury.