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Purkey draws flag for personal foul against Romo

The piece by Mike Purkey on Tony Romo missed the mark for a lot of reasons (“It’s time for Romo to take a knee on Tour,” Sept. 30).

People either love or hate the Dallas Cowboys, and as a result, either love or hate Tony Romo. It’s apparent that Purkey falls into the latter category.

Do you really expect Romo to say, No, thanks; I’m really not good enough, when he receives a sponsor exemption? Sponsors do so for a reason: eyeballs. The Safeway Open got much more attention with Romo playing, and that’s exactly what it was trying to accomplish.

Purkey goes on to compare Romo’s plus-1.1 Handicap Index to Tiger Woods’ plus-8 at age 21, and plus-10 in 2000. The greatest (or second-greatest) golfer of all time, and the greatest single season of all time? That’s no way to fairly gauge an amateur golfer.

Romo shot 2 under in round one, bettering the score of several major champions. That’s competitive, especially for an amateur. I’m sure there is a long list of golfers who eventually made it on the PGA Tour after missing their first four cuts, even as a professionals.

Don’t worry about Romo’s job with CBS. I’m quite sure he worked out an agreement with the network in advance.
Purkey comes across as a “hata,” to borrow a term from the younger generation. And maybe he’s jealous of Romo’s millions for calling football games.

I don’t care to whom any tournament sponsor awards exemptions; that’s the event’s choice, whether it’s Steph Curry, Michelle Wie, John Smoltz, Jake Owen or Tony Romo. That’s what the sponsor gets for the millions it commits to attach its name to the event.

Yes, I’m a Cowboys fan, and I happen to like Tony Romo, but he doesn’t need me to defend him. I simply found the article to be petty, full of unfair comparisons, and it took potshots at Romo’s day job and salary. Morning Read is better than that.

Gregg Cook
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Pick one, Romo, and stick with it
I was stunned to see Tony Romo playing in a PGA Tour event when he is supposed to be getting ready to cover an NFL game. Who does he think he is: a budding golfer or an NFL analyst?

It takes a lot of nerve and a totally selfish approach to think that he could be a professional golfer and call a game in the same week. Cris Collinsworth never would consider doing it.

Romo should stop taking a place from someone who could be competitive and needs the chance.

If he does it again, the celebrity tournaments should not allow him to compete. He obviously thinks he is a professional, and they should tell him to take a hike.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Romo should prove himself against amateurs
I could not agree more with Mike Purkey’s assessment (“It’s time for Romo to take a knee on Tour,” Sept. 30).

If Tony Romo wants to prove himself, have him go out on the amateur circuit and see if he can beat up on the best amateurs in the country. I suspect that he would take two knees when he comes to the realization that his best is simply not good enough.

Ted A. Biskind

‘Mean-spirited hit job’
For a guy who has written about golf for 30 years, Mike Purkey should have learned how to make a point without making it so personal (“It’s time for Romo to take a knee on Tour,” Sept. 30).

I’m not sure what Tony Romo has said or done to Purkey in the past, but what a mean-spirited hit job. No mention of other celebrities who have received exemptions and failed as a way to bolster his argument against interlopers, just straight on, Romo, get lost.

No argument about Romo taking a spot from a young dedicated tour professional was presented for balance. It was pretty much just, Romo, you don’t belong here. Romo has played in four PGA Tour events, three of which probably were thankful for his celebrity status to help advertise their gate.

How does that hurt the game?

Michael Dyon
Schaumburg, Ill.

Hang it up, Romo
Tony Romo is a very good golfer but not an excellent golfer capable of competing with PGA Tour card holders (“It’s time for Romo to take a knee on Tour,” Sept. 30).

It’s time for Romo to hang up the (professional) golf cleats and not waste the few sponsorship positions available.

Bill Martin
Quitman, Texas

Sacked by reality
I agree with Mike Purkey (“It’s time for Romo to take a knee on Tour,” Sept. 30).

Tony Romo would be better served to play in amateur competitions than try to compete professionally.

The woods are full of amateurs who can give him one a side and wear him out.

Larry White
Chattanooga, Tenn.

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