Tony Romo Wins Invited Celebrity Classic in Las Colinas
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo won the celebrity portion of the PGA TOUR Champions Invited Celebrity Classic presented by Choctaw Casinos & Resorts at Las Colinas Country Club.
“It feels great. Doing it in your hometown feels great, too. Like I said going into the week, I’ve been playing pretty good golf coming in. I was hoping to be able to do that this week. I played some really good golf today,” Romo said. “It wasn’t easy out there. It was cold, a little windy, and then made birdie on 1, which is huge. You start the day on 6, just getting that momentum just kind of as a catalyst I feel like in some ways to get that emotional boost that lets you know you have a chance.”
Romo won the second edition of the event after finishing as runner up in the inaugural tournament last year by dropping a playoff to Mardy Fish. This year, Romo topped Fish by five points, 107-102 in the Modified Stableford Scoring System used for the celebrity aspect of the tournament.
Romo began the day trailing Fish by six points but rallied with a final round 40 while Fish struggled with a closing 29.
“Mardy is such a great guy, but he’s also a great golfer,” Romo said. “He looks like a PGA TOUR professional when you watch him hit balls.”
The longtime @NFL QB secures the win in Texas! 🏆@tonyromo brings home the trophy for the celebrity division @invitedcc. pic.twitter.com/0MhVYwhex7
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) April 23, 2023
Annika Sorenstam finished third with 101 points.
Romo topped the field of 40 celebrities that included Emmitt Smith, DeMarcus Ware, Mike Modano, Reggie Bush, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Pudge Rodriguez, Vince Carter, Tim Brown, Marcus Allen and Larry the Cable Guy.
Mark Hensby won the professional side of the Invited Celebrity Classic for his first PGA TOUR Champions victory.
“I think once you win, it takes — it kind of gets that — I don’t know, not so much pressure, but just that monkey off your back that you feel like you should win,” Hensby said. “Hopefully now it takes a little pressure off knowing that you’re in every week, and yeah, looking forward to it”
Family over everything. Your 2023 @invitedcc champion, Mark Hensby. ❤️ https://t.co/Rwjonts7H3
— Invited Celebrity Classic (@invitedcc) April 24, 2023
Hensby outlasted Charlie Wi in a four-hole playoff for the win. Wi got into the field as the fifth alternate and by virtue of his runner-up finish, is now in the field for the Mistubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf in two weeks.
Hensby won $300,000 for the victory.
The PGA TOUR Champions will be back in North Texas next month with the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at PGA Frisco over Memorial Day weekend.