Tony Romo gives up golf to ‘succeed on the football field’

Tony Romo is sticking to his (extremely lucrative) day job.

The Cowboys quarterback, on the mend from back surgery, told the Dallas Morning News that he has given up his golfing career to focus more on football.

“It’s not just golf. It’s a way you live life,” Romo said. “I don’t think about it as [giving up] golf. It’s just life. You want to give yourself the best chance to succeed on the football field.’’

Romo, who dabbled in amateur golf tournaments and nearly qualified for the U.S. Open, admits he used to “play a bunch for two months,” sometimes overlapping the team’s offseason workouts.

Nowadays? Not so much.

“It’s been awhile,” Romo said. “Almost a year and a half.’’

Romo has underwent back surgery in consecutive years; he had a cyst removed in April 2013 and his herniated lumbar disk repaired this past December. Though limited in offseason activities, he’s expected to be cleared for training camp, which begins on July 22.

If that means taking an extended hiatus from the links, so be it.

“You’ve got to get yourself healthy then figure out where you’re at and go from there for everything,’’ Romo said.

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