Smoltz misses cut by 27 strokes

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John Smoltz shot a 15-over 87 at the South Georgia Classic.
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Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz struggled in his Nationwide Tour debut, shooting a 15-over 87 on Saturday in the rain-delayed South Georgia Classic to miss the cut by 27 strokes.

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The 43-year-old Smoltz opened with an 84 after two long weather delays forced him to play 18 holes over two days. He was even worse in the second round at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, with his 27-over 171 total nine strokes worse that any of the other 147 players who completed both rounds.

"Never in a million years did I think I would shoot those two rounds but it happened," Smoltz told "I'm going to learn from it and stick to recreational golf for right now until I get back to the point where I want to be."

Smoltz spent nearly his entire career with Atlanta, becoming the only pitcher in major league history to post 200 wins and 150 saves. He pitched for Boston and St. Louis in 2009 before moving into broadcasting.

He played in the South Georgia Classic on a sponsor exemption.

"It was a good opportunity and I don't regret it at all," Smoltz told "The fans were great. I've never been applauded for such mediocrity in my life."

The Associated Press and contributed to this report.

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