John Smoltz staggers to 85 in first round of U.S. Senior Open

John Smoltz’s debut in a major golf championship did not go well.The Baseball Hall of Famer posted a 15-over- https://www.piratesedges.com/pittsburgh-pirates/john-jaso-jersey par 85 on Thursdayin the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.BRZEZINSKI: USGA still struggling to rediscoveridentity after ShinnecockAfterward, Smoltz admitted the course had beaten him.”I’m just being honest,” Smoltz told reporters, per The A sociated Pre s. I don’t have enough game for this course yet.Smoltz was playing under typically onerous U.S. Open course conditions, and while he said he only hit https://www.piratesedges.com/pittsburgh-pirates/kent-tekulve-jersey “three bad shots,” he also points outthat he was in alot unfamiliar of situations.”I never expected to get that many bad lies,” he said, per the AP. Nothing I could do about it. And I had a lot of tough shots that I have not practiced and that I am not used to hitting.One positive for Smoltz is that he didn’t post the worst score of the day. In fact, three golfers had gone higher as of 9 p. https://www.piratesedges.com/pittsburgh-pirates/barry-bonds-jersey m. ET (7 p.m. MT). He’ll try to stay off the bottom Friday in Round 2. Tee time is 2:51 p.m. ET (12:51 p.m. MT).UPDATE: Smoltz scored better than four golfers, two of whom are amateurs. He ended the day 19 shots behind first-round leader Jerry Kelly.

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