Two quarterbacks attend Open qualifying

Everyone knows there is a huge population of athletes with low handicaps. That was the focus of a section in this month's Golf Digest. Rick Rhoden, who has went to Canadian and PGA Tour Q-Schools, topped the list.

Surprisingly, two NFL quarterbacks, one current, one former, were present at the first stage of qualifying for the 2007 U.S. Open, to be played at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tony Romo, currently of the Dallas Cowboys, and Tommy Maddox, former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, both gave qualifying for the Open a shot.

Tommy Maddox, who was cut after Ben Roethlisberger won the starting job, shot 75. However, Tony Romo shot 72, not good enough to qualify to continue to regional qualifying, but still a respectable score under tournament conditions.

Maddox has stated that he is interested in following his NFL career up with a life in professional golf, starting on the Nationwide Tour, where he has received sponsor's exemptions.

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