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Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz struggles early at U.S. Senior Open

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    Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz watches a tee shot during a practice day for the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Broadmoor Hotel on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. >> Pitching great John Smoltz managed only five pars in his debut at the U.S. Senior Open, shooting a 15-over 85 on a Broadmoor course that was rough on full-time players, as well.

Only six players with morning tee times cracked par in today’s opening round. Rocco Mediate was in a three-way tie for the lead at 2 under — in the mix again for a national championship 10 years after his epic, 19-hole playoff loss to Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open.

Deane Pappas and Kevin Sutherland were also at 2 under, with Billy Mayfair, Scott Parel and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen a shot behind.

Much of the buzz centered on Smoltz, the Hall of Fame pitcher who won a three-man playoff last month to qualify.

He found himself buried in the rough for much of the day, and after a triple bogey on his fifth hole, he was fighting to break 80.

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