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Tony Romo opens with 71, withdraws from US Open qualifier

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Update: Romo withdrew from qualifying after a tough start to his second round that included quadruple-bogey on his first hole and air horns that ended the day after four holes.

When play ends on Monday at the Carlton Woods Club in Houston, two golfers will have earned spots into the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

After 18 holes of the 36 hole qualifier, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo still has a legitimate shot at being one of the two.

Romo, who had to sneak through a playoff in local qualifying to make it to the next cut, shot a one-under 71 in wet conditions that was stopped by a weather delay to put himself within earshot of the leaders after the first round. Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open is always 36 holes, and the field will attempt to conclude the rest of its round Monday afternoon.

Romo's round was bogey-free, but he made a nasty triple-bogey on the fourth hole, a 535-yard par-5. He was 3-over at that point, and some thought it was probably doomsday for Romo, but he bounced back nicely with four birdies to close his round. His inward nine holes was completed in just 34 shots, and if he can keep making birdies in the second round, he might have a chance to actually make the major championship.

Who will he be battling against? Just a field that includes four-time PGA Tour winner Bob Estes (69 in the first round), 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington (70) and a host of other talented golfers all trying to make it to Pebble Beach.

The current leader is at 5-under, with ten other golfers under par along with Romo. More to come on his second round, but you can follow along on Twitter for updates throughout the afternoon.

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