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Smoltz keeps sense of humor after missing cut

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz drew a gallery reserved for top PGA players in his second round of the South Georgia Classic on Saturday.

Even though fans were pulling for him, Smoltz struggled for a second straight day.

He shot a 13-over 85 and finished at +25.

The cut for the Nationwide Tour tournament was even par.

After his second round, Smoltz said he wished he could have played better and will stick to recreation golf.

The former Cy Young winner, who talked of a possible pro golf career after his baseball days were over, hasn't closed the door entirely on playing again in a PGA affiliated tournament.

If he does play again, Smoltz will use the experience from his week in Valdosta.

John Smoltz said. "You know I got off to a bad start today with three unplayable lies and some penalties.  In a baseball game, I would have been gone. I would have been sitting in a clubhouse watching some else finish it. In golf, you have got to finish it yourself."

The second round of the South Georgia Classic was completed early Saturday afternoon with Jon Mills -9 in the lead.

The third round started immediately after the second and it will likely finish Sunday morning with the final round to start.


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