Tony Romo has long had a reputation as a competitive amateur golfer.
Tony Romo wins tournament after 3 2nd-place finishes
He showed his bonafides on Sunday, beating out other athletes and celebrities to take home the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe with five birdies in his final round in a tournament he has finished as runner-up three times.
“It’s a special win,” Romo said. “It’s a privilege to play in this event. I think I’ll always feel lucky. It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year.”
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 15, 2018
Why Romo turned down prize money
The thing is, Romo turned down the prize money. And while it’s notable that the six-figure check instead went to charities, philanthropy wasn’t Romo’s only motivation in declining the big payday.
He wanted to retain his amateur status.
Shortly after the win, Romo flew to Wisconsin for another golf event in an attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur.
According to Spotrac, Romo earned more that $127 million in salary during his 14-year NFL career in addition to endorsement money and a surely substantial paycheck from CBS.
So he’s in the envious position of being able to casually turn down a six-figure payday to pursue his golf dreams.
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