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Forum staff reports, Published August 03 2009

Schultz ties for third: Fargo golfer falters in final round after leading on Saturday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Schultz’s first Nationwide Tour win slipped away on Sunday.

But the Fargo golfer still put himself in better position to get his PGA Tour card.

After entering the final round with a three-stroke lead, Schultz finished tied for third in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.

The top 25 on the Nationwide Tour’s money list at the end of the season get PGA Tour cards for the following year.

Last year, the 25th spot belonged to Ricky Barnes, who earned $218,902.

For his finish on Sunday, Schultz got $57,867. That gave him $66,404 on the season and bumped him up more than 100 spots on the tour’s money list to 52nd.

Schultz entered Sunday with a three-stroke lead, but bogeyed four of the first six holes on the way to a 6-over round of 77. That put him four strokes behind the leaders for the tournament.

Derek Lamely stormed back from 10th place with a 6-under round of 65 to win. He beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff.

Schultz was a little lucky to even be in the position to win on Sunday. He made the field of 144 golfers despite being the 11th alternate for the event.

But this weekend’s performance should push him up a bit in the pecking order on the tour, getting him into more Nationwide events.