With 82, Romo finishes last in debut,
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Tony Romo bogeyed the first six holes and shot a 10-over 82 on Friday to finish last in his PGA Tour debut.
Romo followed the opening bogey run in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship with a double bogey on the par-4 18th. He birdied the par-5 fourth and par-4 sixth on the second nine, but had double bogeys on the par-3 second and par-4 fifth.
'I lipped out three or four putts early, some short putts that kind of got me almost a little bit pressing,' Romo said. 'I just didn't hit the irons very good today. The back nine's 4,000-some yards, so when you're not hitting those well, you're going to have tough shots.
'Short-sided a few times, made too many mistakes. So a lot of stuff to learn from, and in a good way. I'll be able to kind of assess why I didn't play as well as I wanted to and then you go attack it. In a month from now I think we'll see things a little better.'
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback had a 15-over 159 total — six shots worse than the next player on the leaderboard and 28 strokes behind leader Brice Garnett.
'I think more than anything having a chance to play out here shows your weaknesses and your strengths and the stuff you have to go work on,' Romo said. 'I'm a month and a half into it, so I'm anxious to see now because I kind of have an idea of where I really need to put my time in as far as to get better and scoring. I'm hitting the ball fine, you just have to score.'
Romo opened with a 77. Now an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, he received a sponsor's exemption to the tournament and played as an amateur. The event has one of the weaker fields of the year because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas.
Garnett followed his opening 63 with a 68 to get to 13-under 131.
'There's so much golf left, 36 holes, and especially out here guys are going to make charges from way back,' Garnett said. 'A lot of birdies are out there. So I'll just keep my head down, keep plugging and try to have a solid weekend.'
LPGA: At Carlsbad, Calif., Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 in the Kia Classic to open a five-stroke lead halfway through the second round.
The 40-year-old Kerr, the 2015 winner at Aviara, had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131.
Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69 and Park and Hedwall 70.
Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.
Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.
CHAMPIONS: At Biloxi, Miss., Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.
Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at Fallen Oak. He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back, and Steve Stricker shot 68. Calcavecchia won last month in Boca Raton, Florida, and Stricker took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.