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Smoltz dreams big in golf, but schedule, body often don't cooperate

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Eun-Hee Ji isn’t the only defending champion this week at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. MLB Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz also has a title he’s trying to defend.

The 52-year-old former Atlanta Braves hurler is again part of the celebrity field for the LPGA season opener, which begins Thursday at Tranquilo Golf Club. He is joined by fellow Braves legends Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, former NBA stars Grant Hill and Ray Allen, and NFL future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, among others, all of whom are competing for a $100,000 first-place check.