Hall of Fame Pitcher John Smoltz Qualifies for U.S. Senior Open
The 51-year-old survived a three-man playoff to take the final spot in the golf tournament.
John Smoltz, who saved 154 games during his three-year stint as a closer, knows a thing or two about performing under pressure at the end of the game on the baseball field.
That experience paid off on the golf course as the 51-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher was emerged from a three-man playoff to nab the final qualifying spot in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open.
What an incredible day of golf at Planterra Ridge GC! Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner tied for medalist honors and John Smoltz secured the third qualifying spot in a playoff! Good luck in the #USSeniorOpen!
Final Leaderboard ➡️ https://t.co/P9kByrihIy pic.twitter.com/rs8sEnEUvs
— Georgia State Golf Association (@GSGA) June 1, 2018
To make the tournament, the eight-time All-Star and 1996 NL Cy Young winner had to beat out Brian Tennyson and Brian Ferris in extra holes at Planterra Ridge Golf Club and joined Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner—who got through in regulation by shooting 4-under 68—in qualifying for the major.
With a 213-155 record during his long MLB career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz is the only player in baseball history with 200 wins and 150 saves.
The Senior Open will be held June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor-East Course in Colorado Springs.
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