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Smoltz to play a Nationwide Tour event

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP)

John Smoltz is going from the pitching mound to the first tee.

Smoltz has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play the South Georgia Classic next month on the Nationwide Tour. The former Atlanta Braves pitcher tried U.S. Open qualifying last year, and has played several casual rounds in Florida with Tiger Woods.

The South Georgia Classic starts April 28 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

Smoltz is the only player in Major League history with 200 wins and 150 saves. He says he knows professional golf isn't easy, and he wants to experience it for himself.

Smoltz turned pro last year and finished second in a celebrity event in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

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