Tiger Woods? Forget It. How About John Smoltz and Andrew Giuliani?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 27, 2011

John Smoltz takes his game to this week's Nationwide Tour stop.
John Smoltz takes his game to this week's Nationwide Tour stop.Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

For those of you yearning for some real golf action while Tiger Woods ices down his bum knee (someone already iced down his putter), here's a dandy for you.

How about John Smoltz and Andrew Giuliani paired together at this week's Nationwide stop, the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta?

This has to be the biggest thing in Valdosta since boiled peanuts.

You've got Smoltz, the former great Braves reliever, who is also buddies with Woods, in this Nationwide event, a first time for the plus-two handicapper. It will be his first event as a professional golfer in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

Lo and behold, he's paired with one of our favorite all-time contestants from Golf Channel's Big Break series, Andrew Giuliani, son of former mayor Rudy.

They'll be announced on the 10th tee at 9:05 a.m. Thursday at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, a 7,800-yard beast that is the longest layout on any tour.

Giuliani got in by shooting 65 at the Monday qualifier.

So, you've got Smoltzy, Andrew and regular guy Jason Enloe to witness it all.

You have to believe Smoltz will do a lot better than Jerry Rice did last year at the BMW Pro-Am at The Cliffs.

Rice, as you might recall, shot a dazzling 92 in the first round, the highest score for a professional, ever, in that event. His Riceness followed that scintillating performance by getting disqualified in the second round when his caddie used a rangefinder to get yardages.

Don't know what the over-under is on Smoltz this week, but I'd bet a considerable number of Rupees he'll do better than 92.

As for Andrew?

Love that guy, best villain ever on The Big Break.

You gotta give him props for getting into this event. He did it the old fashioned way.

He earned it.

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