There's a long and growing list of athletes from other walks of life who have tried their hand at world-class golf, and, frankly, their athletic gifts haven't translated from their chosen sports.
One notable exception is Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz. Smoltz, who is both one of the best starting pitchers and best closers in baseball history, qualified for the 2018 US Senior Open on May 31, earning his spot in a three-for-one playoff at sectional qualifying near Atlanta.
There were three US Senior Open places available through the 18-hole qualifier at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City, Ga.. Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner were co-medalists with 4-under 68s, with Smoltz, Bryan Tennyson and Brian Ferris each shooting 69 to go to a playoff.
Tennyson was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey. Smoltz earned his spot on the third playoff hole, doing so in unlikely fashion with a double bogey.
Smoltz finished his Major League Baseball career with a record of 213-155 with 154 saves, putting him solely in the company of players with 200 wins and 150 or more saves.
The 2018 US Senior Open will be played June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.