It didn’t take long to get to the topic of the week, “Tony Romo.” The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS analyst has a Thursday 1:40 p.m. tee time which is his third start on Tour.
Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka takes the stage to answer questions on Tuesday. Two questions about golf and then boom, “What are your thoughts on Tony Romo playing in this?”
“He’s going to bring fans out. Everybody always has something to say about some sponsor invite and that’s up to the sponsors. They bring who they want. It’s really nobody else’s choice. Everyone is always criticizing Romo and Step (Stephen Curry). That’s their choice and nobody else’s. It’s fun for us to see those guys and I think if they’re going to bring a lot of fans, that’s what we need. We keep saying we need to grow the game but the whole object would be to get fans out here. You can criticize it all you want but it’s bringing people out here to watch golf and, who knows, they bring their families and kids and might get them started in the game,” says Koepka.
On the golf course golf carts buzz around Trinity Forest Golf Club. Concession stands are going up, final touches are made on hospitality suites and pros get in practice rounds. Some play in twosomes or threesomes—others walk alone with their caddie in solemn.
Brian Harman comes off a T24 last week at the Wells Fargo in Charlotte. He’s playing alone and is all business. A few holes back and a Georgia Bulldog like Harman, Hudson Swafford and caddie DJ Nelson are having a good time.
“I ended up at Georgia because I don’t like the Florida Gators and Florida State’s out of the question because I’m from Tallahassee, I wanted to get out of my hometown, Swafford laughs.
Swafford is the winner of the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge played in La Quinta, California. He made the cut at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson to finish T59. If part of the Romo allure is his local connection, then perhaps they should get behind a player with a more realistic chance to win. Born and raised in Colombia (South America), Sebastián Muñoz played his college golf just up the road at North Texas. He even has a “Mean Green” logo on his bag. And unlike Romo—he has a chance to win.