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Tony Romo follows through on this chip at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship played at Minocqua CC in July.

Tony Romo, who already had one start on the PGA Tour booked for 2019, will get another next month when he returns to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, which is March 28-31 in the Dominican Republic.

The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that Romo will return to the opposite field event, which is played the same week as the World Golf Championship Dell Technologies Match-Play Championship. The Burlington native and CBS-TV's lead color commentator for its NFL games shot 77-82 at Puntacana a year ago, competing as an amateur in his first official start on the PGA Tour.

This year, the Dominican Republic event will be the first of two inside the ropes for Romo. He has also accepted a sponsor's exemption to compete in the AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational near his home in Dallas in May.

“Golf has been a passion of mine throughout my life, giving me another athletic outlet to hone my skills and compete,” Romo said in a statement. “The opportunity to compete at the highest levels of golf, the PGA Tour event, was a dream come true for me. I’m thankful to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship for inviting me to join them once again this year, and I’m excited at the chance to compete against the best of the best.”

Since Romo competed in the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in 2018, he won two golf tournaments during the summer of 2018: The American Century Championship in Nevada and the Racine Tri-Course Championship near his native Burlington. He finished 23rd in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Player-of-the-Year standings in 2018 on the strength of a 13th-place showing at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship in Minocqua.

“It was an honor to have Tony Romo to join us for our inaugural year, and we are delighted that he has accepted our offer to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship again this year,” said Grupo Puntacana founder and chairman Frank Rainieri. “Tony continues to grow and achieve at golf just as he rose to greatness during his football career. It’s going to be exciting to watch him play Corales again.”

Romo, 38, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003 after playing collegiately at Eastern Illinois University. Beginning his career as a holder, Romo became the Cowboys' starting quarterback during the 2006 season. Serving as the team's primary starter from 2006 to 2015, he guided the Cowboys to four postseason appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Romo retired after the 2016 season and immediately was hired by CBS Sports to become the lead analyst for the NFL on CBS, teaming with Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth.

Romo holds several Cowboys team records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards and games with three or more touchdown passes.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship is in its second year on the PGA Tour schedule, previously having a two-year run as a Web.com Tour event. The event, which was won by Brice Garnett in 2018, offers a $3,000,000 purse, 300 FedExCup points and is broadcast on Golf Channel.