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MLB Hall of Famer Smoltz qualifies for U.S. Senior Open

John Smoltz still knows how to win in the playoffs.

The former MLB star, who went 15-4 in the postseason over his Hall of Fame career, qualified for the U.S. Senior Open by winning a three-man, three-hole playoff on Thursday.

Smoltz, 51, was playing an 18-hole qualifier at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City, Georgia, with three spots up for grabs.

Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner were tied atop the leaderboard after 18 holes and earned their spots, but Smoltz was one stroke back along with Brian Tennyson and Brian Ferris.

Tennyson dropped first when he bogeyed the first playoff hole. Two holes later, Smoltz eliminated Ferris on a hole that confounded both players (Smoltz had a double bogey.)

Smoltz, who has long been an avid golfer, now gets a shot at the Senior Open, which takes place June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor-East Course in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He had a chance to win his spot outright, shooting 5-under through 12 holes, but bogeys on holes 13 and 16 left him tied for the playoff.

–Field Level Media

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