Smoltz, Scobee, Longwell fall short

Updated: May 11, 2010, 4:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

John Smoltz's dream of qualifying for the U.S. Open is over.

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The retired major league pitcher parred his final three holes but finished at 6-over-par at the Marietta (Ga.) Country Club and failed to birdie a hole on Monday, preventing him from advancing to the sectional round.

Jacksonville Jaguars placekicker Josh Scobee and Minnesota Vikings placekicker Ryan Longwell also failed to advance to the next round of qualifying. Scobee shot an 81 at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., while Longwell shot an 83 at MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.

Scobee, who wants a golf job once his NFL career is over, only made one birdie. Scobee didn't play golf in high school or college, purchasing his first set of clubs during his rookie year in the NFL back in 2004.

Smoltz, Scobee and Longwell were three of the 9,000 American golfers hoping to reach the U.S. Open via local tournaments and one of many celebrities vying for a spot.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has entered several times, including this year, but has never made it out of the local stage.

Romo's local qualifier will be May 20 at The Honors Golf Club of Dallas.

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