Tiger Woods: Tony Romo 'fired up'

Count Tiger Woods among those impressed with Tony Romo's ability to get the ball in play -- and not just on a football field, either.

Woods is paired with the Dallas Cowboys quarterback in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which begins Thursday. It's the first PGA Tour event of the year for Woods.

"He's just so fired up about playing," Woods said of Romo. "He's a hell of a golfer to begin with. He's a scratch golfer. To him, this is like a dream come true for him to come out and play in this type of event."

Woods said Romo has been calling, texting and sending video of his swing as the Cowboys quarterback wants to do much more than just compete this week.

"He wants to not just make the cut," Woods said. "He wants to win the tournament, so he's trying to figure out, 'How many birdies I need to make and blah blah blah.' And I said, 'OK, well, why don't we just both play well at the same time.'"

Woods will play with Romo in the pro-am format that requires each team to play at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterrey Peninsula Country Club over the first three rounds. The cut is then made after 54 holes, with all pros and the top amateur teams advancing to the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Romo has been building an impressive golf résumé for quite some time. He finished second to actor Jack Wagner last year at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline, Nev.

He also reached the U.S. Open sectional qualifying round in 2010 before having to withdraw from the 36-hole event because of a series of weather delays. Romo had to get back to Dallas for a Cowboys organized team activity the following day.

It won't be the first time that Romo and Woods have been paired together. The two played a pro-am round at the AT&T National at Congressional outside Washington D.C. in 2009.

Woods and Romo have become friends over the years. The two even attended a U2 concert at Cowboys Stadium in a suite shared by Romo and Jason Witten.