John Smoltz & His Hall-of-Fame Golf Game Is No Accident

During the 1990s, the Atlanta Braves dominated Major League Baseball thanks to three of the best pitchers ever to play the game — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. The big three struck fear into the hearts of the game’s best hitters for the better part of a decade. And when they weren’t doing that, they were golfing

The golfing exploits of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz are legendary. All three were known for their ability on the course, but Smoltz was the ring leader. 

“He knew two weeks in advance what the golf schedule was,” Maddux said. “That was the impressive thing because most guys wouldn’t do that. ‘We’ll wait and call the day of, or the day before.’”

Smoltz, who claims to have made eight aces in his life and currently checks in as a 1-handicapper, says he’s played 75 of the top 100 courses in the United States, including Pebble Beach, the Olympic Club, Cypress Point, Oakmont, Merion, Pine Valley, Shinnecock Hills and Rivera. Oh, and Augusta National — a handful of times. 

Back9Network’s Jeff Rude caught up with the newly-minted Hall of Famer and had the chance to talk to him about his golf addiction. 

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