Self-realization seems to be a real strength. “I’m a non-winner on Tour. I’ve won a couple times on the Web.com Tour. I’ve had the career I’ve had. Those guys I’m beating my head against have had the careers they’ve had. There’s probably a reason for that.
“I might have a chance to be there on Sunday. … But it’s just fun to be in the mix, win or lose.”
Celebrity update: No spectators were harmed during the making of the Novelis Celebrity Challenge — a threesome of former Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and John Smoltz and former Georgia Bulldogs/Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler that was embedded within the tournament Saturday.
It can be a little nerve-wracking to play a secondary sport in front of an audience. “There’s always the embarrassment factor. It’s a little different than a Saturday at the club with the guys,” Glavine said. But all three played through without incident, drawing one of the larger galleries.
With his healthy 11-handicap, Butler was declared the winner of the event (2 over, with handicap). The match was for charity, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Smoltz, the scratch golfer in the group, was 6 over; Glavine with his six-handicap, was 7 over.
At one time Smoltz, 46, considered working on his game in an attempt to qualify for the Champions Tour. Those thoughts have been retired, as he has battled some shoulder issues that required surgery just six weeks ago. “I’m content where I am. I was just trying to go out there and have my shoulder feel right,” he said.
Etc.: At 1 over on his front nine, Bernhard Langer flirted briefly with ending his streak of below-par Champions Tour rounds at 17. But his back-side 31 neatly took care of that. … Monday qualifier Marco Dawson of Merritt Island, Fla., is tied for ninth at 4 under. If he finishes in the top 10, he will automatically qualify for the next Champions Tour event, next month in Iowa.