Tony Romo, missing out on the U.S. Open cut last year at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving

A U.S. Open Celeb Foursome: Romo, Lauer, Timberlake and a Cancer Survivor

Tony Romo can't seem to make the cut for the U.S. Open; he's tried for years, and just yesterday shot a 75 at a local qualifier to miss out making the sectionals. Which doesn't bother cancer survivor John Atkinson one danged bit.

Because next month, just a few days before the Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Atkinson will still get to play with Romo during a celeb event on the very same course. Atkinson won a Golf Digest essay-writing contest, beating out some 56,374 other entries for the chance to walk the course with Romo, Today's Matt Lauer and Justin Timberlake. Among the 100 words in his essay: "Nothing's better than taking your buddies while on chemotherapy!" --Robert Wilonsky

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