DeChambeau wedges way to the top at Safeway Open after second round

Tony Romo in action

Tony Romo in action

Romo's 2-under round on Thursday beat the likes of Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson and pushed CBS to confirm back-up plans should its star National Football League analyst make the cut at the Safeway and miss Sunday's Vikings at Bears game.

It was the lowest round Romo has ever posted on tour, eclipsing his previous low round of eight-over par that came at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas last season.

Watney had eight birdies and a bogey in his seven-under 65 and was alone in second on 134, one stroke in front of a group of five players. Playing in the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa North, Romo recorded five birdies and three bogeys on his way to a 2-under par round of 70. But this week in Napa the likes of Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson are among the entrants at the Safeway Open.

"I made a couple good putts, that was obviously awesome, and I struck it a lot better than I did yesterday", DeChambeau said in a televised interview. 3 and 4 - his 12th and 13th holes of the day - put him at 1 over, but he responded with a birdie at the par-5 fifth and then finished off his round with birdies at Nos. "I stunk a lot, so just trying to continue to improve and get better". It turns out, he is a pretty good golfer too.

CBS executives signed off on Romo's golf excursion after refusing to do so in similar circumstances a year ago, according to Marchand.

Those sound like the words of a man who is incredibly locked into the challenge at hand, and he's going to go out and attack the golf course just as if it were a Sunday at Augusta National. That identifies and shows me where I need to work. "I feel like I've had points like this in my career before - most obvious to me was in 2012, where I played great all year and didn't win". "It'd just be kind of a smack in the face to all those people that were giving him crap before he teed off".

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