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John Smoltz tees off at Kinderlou Forest during a practice round

Apparently the Nationwide Tour tourney’s fairways weren’t wide enough for John Smoltz, who made his first start on the PGA’s developmental tour (analogous to the triple A teams) in Georgia yesterday. The 43-year-old future Hall of Fame pitcher plays to a plus-two handicap and hopes to join the Champions Tour when he turns 50. Playing on a sponsor’s exemption, Smoltz shot 84 in the first round of the weather-delayed South Georgia Classic and currently he’s DFL.

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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

John Daly always finds a way to make himself a victim

Two-time major champion John Daly is having a superb week at the Farmers Insurance Open through two rounds. Daly, who doesn’t have status on the PGA Tour and relies on sponsor’s exemptions to play, shot 67-69, eight-under total, and currently stands at T3. Impressively, he shot the 67 on the South Course, the harder of the two tracks at Torrey Pines. After the stellar showing on Thursday, Daly, who hasn’t seen the inside of a press room in some time, took the opportunity to moan about tournaments rejecting his request for sponsor’s exemptions. Mind you, he’s already received two in the first three events this year.

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