Tony Romo won a celebrity golf tournament but turned down the $125k prize in order to maintain his status as an amateur

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesTony Romo turned down a hefty check so he continue to pursue his golf dream as an amateur.
  • Tony Romo won a celebrity golf tournament over the weekend, beating out the likes of Mark Mulder, Steph Curry, Ray Allen, and Trent Dilfer.
  • While the win came with a $US125,000 prize, Romo turned the cash down to maintain his status as an amateur.
  • After the tournament, Romo flew straight to Wisconsin to compete in a U.S. Amateur qualifier.

After a successful decade in the NFL and a retirement marked by quickly becoming the most beloved commentator in the sport, Tony Romo can now add yet another accomplishment to his resume – champion celebrity golfer.

Romo beat the field over the weekend to take home the top prize at the 54-hole American Century Championship, sinking five birdies on the final day of the competition to snap the three-year winning streak of former Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder and win the event.

“It’s a special win,” said Romo, who had finished in second place at the event three times before finally winning it all. “It’s a privilege to play in this event. I think I’ll always feel lucky. It’s one of our favourite weeks of the year.”

While the win came with a prize of $US125,000, Romo turned down the paycheck to keep his amateur status, something he’s held dear for some time now.

Romo has played in PGA events in the past as an amateur and left the course immediately after his win to compete in a U.S. Amateur qualifier in Wisconsin. There, he finished tied for 15th after 36 holes at six over par – not good enough to qualify, but comfortably in the competition.

Romo’s football playing days may be over, but it looks as though he’ll still be competing on the golf course for years to come.

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