Romo's back has Spieth eyeing new partner

IRVING, Texas – For years few things riled up some Dallas Cowboys fans than seeing Tony Romo play so much golf.

A second back surgery in eight months will once again limit Romo’s offseason golf and will force Jordan Spieth to find a new partner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to the Associated Press, country singer Jake Owen could be Spieth’s partner in 2014.

Last year, Romo and Spieth finished tied for third in the event, two shots behind the winners. It was only Spieth’s second start of the year after he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. Spieth finished tied for 22nd in the event at 8-under and took home $65,000.

That kick-started Spieth’s tremendous debut season in which he made $3.8 million, was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and became the youngest winner on the tour since 1931 when he took home the John Deere Classic.

Last year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am was Romo’s only public golfing event. He had surgery to remove a cyst from his back in April and was kept out of all football activities until training camp began. The Cowboys believe Romo will be able to take part in the beginning of the offseason program in April from his latest back surgery.

Until last year, Romo played some local tournaments and attempted to qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Classic and U.S. Open. With the Cowboys starting training camp earlier than normal last year, Romo did not take part in the American Century Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.