Cowboys Romo to throw passes instead of teeing off

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going to miss his tee time while practicing football.

Romo earned a spot in open qualifying Monday for the Byron Nelson Championship, this week's PGA Tour event only a few miles down the road from the Cowboys' practice facility.

Except Romo's assigned tee time Monday morning is at the same time he will be taking part in the Cowboys' first organized team activities. Romo says football comes first.

The top four in the 18-hole qualifying event will get in the Nelson, which begins Thursday. Romo shot an even-par 72 at a pre-qualifier last week.

Only 85 players are the field for Monday's qualifier, six fewer than needed to require afternoon tee times.