Notes: Rhoden could have used an early hook at Senior Open

Updated: June 26, 2003, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Rick Rhoden has gone through tough days before. Only this time, he didn't have a manager to come out and take the ball from him.

Rhoden, who pitched in the big leagues for 16 years, made his Champions Tour debut with an 8-over-par 79 in Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club.

''In all games you pitch you're nervous at the start,'' said Rhoden, 151-125 with the Dodgers, Pirates, Yankees and Astros. ''I wasn't as nervous as I thought ...

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