John Smoltz Misses Qualifying For U.S. Open Championship

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMay 18, 2011

BEDMINSTER, NJ - APRIL 23:  John Smoltz watches a shot during a taping of 'Trump's Fabulous World of Golf' at the Trump National Golf Club on April 23, 2010 in Bedminster, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for the Golf Channel)
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John Smoltz might have been a Hall of Fame pitcher during his day, but he never passed up playing a round of golf. Tiger Woods once call him his personal ATM.

Now retired, Smoltz is trying to take his golf game to the next level.

Smoltz tried to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Open Golf Championship, but missed the cut when he shot a three-over 74 in local qualifying at The River Club in Suwanee. He is tied for 11th on the par-71, 7,089-yard course.

The golfers with the top eight scores will advance to sectional qualifying, which will be held June 6 at Smoltz’s home course of Hawks Ridge in Ball Ground.

This year’s U.S. Open will be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. June 16-19.