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2009 ACC runner-up bidding to play in U.S. Open

Staff reports

Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo is still in search of his first Super Bowl appearance, but his pursuit to qualify for one of pro golf’s four major tournaments may come as soon as Monday.

Romo will bid to qualify for the U.S. Open, competing in a 33-player, 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Carlon Woods Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas.

Romo has appeared in the past three American Century Championships at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, finishing no worse than 11th. Last year, Romo was runner-up to eight-time winner Rick Rhoden, and he finished in a tie for third in 2008.

To qualify for the sectionals, Romo birdied three of his final four holes to shoot a 2-under 69 on May 20 at Honors Club of Dallas in Carrollton, Texas. That left him tied with four players for the final three sectional berths. By parring three straight holes, Romo was able to grab one of the three remaining spots.

The 36-hole sectional includes some seasoned golf pros, including former PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington and Bob Estes.

If he passes the sectional test, Romo will participate in the U.S. Open June 17-20 at Pebble Beach.

Former Atlanta Braves’ pitcher John Smoltz – also entered in the July 16-18 ACC – tried to qualify for the Open but didn’t make it past local qualifying.

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American Century Championship Accepted Entries

As of May 28

Troy Aikman NFL Hall of Fame QB

Jared Allen NFL All-Pro DE: Minnesota Vikings

Marcus Allen NFL Hall of Fame RB

Ray Allen NBA All-Star, Boston Celtics

Ronde Barber NFL All-Pro DB: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Charles Barkley Former NBA All-Star

Brian Baumgartner Actor: The Office

Shane Battier NBA Forward: Houston Rockets

Jerome Bettis Former NFL All-Pro RB

Joe Carter Former MLB All-Star OF

Matt Cassel NFL QB: Kansas City Chiefs

Chris Chandler Former NFL All-Pro QB

Don Cheadle Actor: Crash, Hotel Rwanda, Oceans Eleven

Vince Coleman Former MLB All-Star OF

Stephen Curry NBA G: Golden State Warriors

Oscar de la Hoya Legendary Boxer

Vinny Del Negro Former NBA Head Coach & Player

Jack Del Rio NFL Head Coach: Jacksonville Jaguars

Trent Dilfer Former NFL All-Pro QB

Herm Edwards Former NFL Head Coach

John Elway NFL Hall of Fame QB

Mike Eruzione Captain, 1980 US Hockey Team

Grant Fuhr Former NHL All-Star

Trent Green NFL All-Pro QB

Todd Haley NFL Head Coach: Kansas City Chiefs

Anfernee Hardaway Former NBA All-Star

Rodney Harrison Former NFL Pro-Bowler

AJ Hawk NFL LB: Green Bay Packers

Taylor Hicks American Idol Winner

Lou Holtz Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach

Oliver Hudson Actor: Rules of Engagement

Brett Hull Former NHL All-Star

Dan Jansen Former Gold Medal Speed Skater

Dale Jarrett NASCAR Driver

Michael Jordan NBA Legend

Brian Kelly Head Football Coach: Notre Dame

Jason Kidd NBA All-Star: Dallas Mavericks

Jamie Langenbrunner Captain, 2010 US Hockey Team

Mario Lemieux NHL Legend

Kenny Lofton Former MLB All-Star

Greg Maddux Former MLB All-Star P

Bruce McGill Actor: Animal House

Jim McMahon Former NFL All-Pro QB

Bode Miller Gold Medal Winning Skier

Mike Modano NHL All-Star

Mark Mulder Former MLB All-Star P

Kevin Nealon Actor, SNL Alum

Craig T Nelson Actor: Parenthood, Coach

Jonathan Ogden Former All-Pro OL

John O’Hurley Actor/Host: Seinfeld, Family Feud

Carson Palmer NFL All-Pro QB; Cincinnati Bengals

Chris Paul NBA All-Star G

Digger Phelps ESPN Analyst, Former Notre Dame Basketball Coac

Stone Phillips Former Dateline Anchor

Dan Quayle Former U.S Vice President

Dan Quinn Former NHL C

Rick Rhoden Professional Golfer, Former MLB All-Star

Alfonso Ribeiro Actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Jerry Rice NFL Hall of Fame WR

Aaron Rodgers NFL All-Pro QB: Green Bay Packers

Jeremy Roenick Former NHL All Star

Ray Romano Actor: Everybody Loves Raymond

Tony Romo NFL All Pro QB: Dallas Cowboys

Matt Ryan NFL QB; Atlanta Falcons

Mark Rypien Former NFL All-Pro QB

Bret Saberhagen Former MLB Pitcher/World Series MVP

Joe Sakic Former NHL All-Star Center

Matt Schaub NFL All-Pro QB: Houston Texans

Mike Shanahan NFL Head Coach: Washington Redskins

Sterling Sharpe Former NFL All-Pro WR

Ryan Sheckler Professional Skateboarder

Ozzie Smith MLB Hall of Fame SS

John Smoltz Former MLB All-Star Pitcher

Steve Spurrier Head Football Coach: University of South Carolina

Wally Szczerbiak NBA All-Star

Vinny Testaverde Former NFL All-Pro QB

Joe Theismann Former NFL All-Pro QB

Billy Joe Tolliver Former NFL QB

Jack Wagner Actor: Melrose Place

Wes Welker NFL All-Pro WR: New England Patriots

David Wells Former All-Star Pitcher

Ken Whisenhunt NFL Head Coach: Arizona Cardinals

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