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Tony Romo, not Tim Tebow, to play Pebble Beach with Tiger Woods

January 17, 2012 |  9:10 am

Tony Romo, Tiger Woods

Tony Romo will be Tiger Woods' partner at next month's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, according to multiple reports -- which means the dream pairing of Woods and NFL phenom Tim Tebow will have to wait until another day.

Romo, who has played Pebble Beach with John Daly the last two years, has been expected to get the nod as Woods' partner ever since the former world No. 1 golfer announced last week he would return to the event for the first time in 10 years.

Woods and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback have played together before -- at the AT&T National at Congressional near Washington, D.C., in 2009 -- and were seen together at a U2 concert at Cowboys Stadium.

But somewhere along the line, the Tebow speculation started. It definitely would have been an intriguing pair-- the devout Christian quarterback of the Denver Broncos playing with a golfer who hasn't exactly been a saint over the years, one player quietly taking a knee in prayer while the other pumps his fist in celebration.

Last week, tournament official Ollie Nutt confirmed that a spot was being held for Tebow, who grew up playing golf in Florida and has played in pro-ams before, if he were interested in taking part in the event. But Nutt also said that a pairing with Woods was not likely.

So Tuesday's reports were really no surprise. And maybe it's better this way. Romo may not grab as many headlines as Tebow does these days, but the last thing Woods needs at this point is more of a media circus. Woods is looking to return to the top of the golfing world after two disappointing years on the course and has momentum going into 2012.

So Tebow Time will have to wait for another time. At least for Woods.

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-- Chuck Schilken

Left photo: Tony Romo. Credit: Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images

Right photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Mark Nolan / Getty Images

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