July 16, 2018 / 11:05 PM / 9 months ago

Romo forfeits winner's check from celebrity golf tourney

Tony Romo made tens of millions as a star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He also a pretty nice-paying gig as a TV commentator.

At least for now, though, Romo has not made a penny off his burgeoning golf career. That is by choice, not circumstance.

Romo did not accept the $125,000 winner’s check after clinching the American Century Championship celebrity tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., on Sunday. He reportedly wants to retain his amateur status as he tries this Monday to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.

The prize money will be donated to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo., as well as other charities, USA Today reported. Researchers at Stowers study the causes and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Romo has won back-to-back tournaments after edging out former Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder for Sunday’s win. Others who notched top-10 finishes included NHL player Joe Pavelski, retired NBA star Ray Allen and fellow former quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Mark Rypien.

Earlier this year, Romo failed to qualify for the U.S. Open at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, shooting a 5-over-par 77 at a local qualifier.

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