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Tony Romo has given up golf to save his back

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hits out of the sand during a practice round at the 22nd American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Wednesday, July 13, 2011, in Stateline, Nev. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)


Golf isn’t Tony Romo’s game anymore.

Romo was once a good enough golfer that he won amateur tournaments and came close to qualifying for the U.S. Open, but Romo says that his offseason back surgeries the last two years have caused him to give up on the sport.

It’s been awhile,” Romo told the Dallas Morning News of his golf hiatus. “Almost a year and a half.”

Romo said he doesn’t view forsaking golf as a sacrifice, just as something he wants to do to become the best Cowboys quarterback he can be.

“You’ve got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you’re at and go from there for everything,’’ Romo said. “It’s not just golf. It’s a way you live life. I don’t think about it as [giving up] golf. It’s just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.”

If success on the football field means time off from the golf course, that’s a trade-off the Cowboys will be glad to see Romo make.