Redskins fan, former UVA golfer outduels Tony Romo on PGA Tour

Former NFL Player and amateur Tony Romo plays his shot. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PUNTA CANA –  During his 13 year NFL career, spent entirely with the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo went 11-and-9 vs. the Washington Redskins. Thursday at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, he took another loss to the burgundy and gold.

Making his first ever start in an official PGA Tour event, Romo – the lead analyst for the NFL ON CBS was joined in his group of three by Denny McCarthy – a native of Rockville, Maryland. McCarthy, who is a former All-American for UVA, is also a longtime Redskins fan. Romo learned of McCarthy’s fandom during Thursday’s round.

Denny McCarthy plays his second shot on the first hole. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Thanks in part to seven birdies, McCarthy cards a six-under par round of 66 to open play at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Romo, the 37 year old  who carries a +0.3 handicap at Dallas National Golf Club, bogeyed three of his final six holes to shoot a five-over par round of 77.

After one round, Romo is tied for 127th in the 132-man field. McCarthy is tied for third.