Opinion has become divided online, in the case of the PGA Tour providing exemption for NFL great Tony Romo to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Romo revealed during a press conference that he would be playing in the $3m event, which runs opposite the WGC-Dell Match Play from March 22-25.
Romo stated: “I am grateful to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship for giving me an incredible opportunity to test my skills against some of the best on tour.” But the news of Romo playing has split social media opinions with many suggesting that this is an unfair play by the PGA, as it takes the spot of a fully-fledged Touring Pro.
There are pros out there fighting for spots and their livelihoods. Why do sponsors do this shit?
— 2ACES67 (@2ACES67) February 7, 2018
Pretty decent announcer, let’s leave it at that, and it’s kinda insulting to Tour players
— robert schwinn (@robertschwinn) February 8, 2018
Others are backing the PGA Tour’s decision in the matter.
Sponsors pay big $. They need excitement for the event to make it worthwhile. No. 187 in the world ranking isn’t going to cut it. Yes, it sucks for guys who play for a living. But they don’t get to play for a living unless sponsors pony up. Cost of doing business.
— Mike Johnson (@EMichaelGW) February 7, 2018
The move is reminiscent of when NBA superstar Steph Curry was exempted into a Web.com Tour event last summer.
Just like when steph played the tournament will get a lot of hype as we are talking about it now and the website will get a lot of hits on the leaderboard for people wanting to see if he’s last….. brilliant marketing ploy…. tiger can’t play every week
— Ray (@rwleverett) February 8, 2018
What are your thoughts on this exemption by the PGA? Let us know!