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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 17 2009

Schultz bows out in Miami

Dave Schultz withdrew from the Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship in Miami on Friday after shooting an opening-round 77. It sets up a final-weekend showdown for Schultz in his bid to earn a PGA Tour card.

The Fargo South graduate cited fatigue and the need to be fresh for the Nationwide Tour Championship in Charleston, S.C., next week as the reasons for withdrawing.

“I feel great,” Schultz said. “I just need to work on getting rid of the rings beneath my eyes the next three days and get ready for next week.”

The Nationwide Tour Championship carries a $1 million purse and could vault Schultz into the top 25 of the tour money list. The top 25 earn their PGA tour cards for next year and Schultz is currently 27th with $156,312. Brian Stuard currently sits at No. 25 with $162,561.

That would mean a high finish in the Tour Championship should get Schultz his PGA card. He hopes to be rested.

“Playing 15 events in 16 weeks caught up with me,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve done something like this in my life. It was hard for me.”

Schultz said he considered not playing last week at the Chattanooga Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. He shot 73-68-68-72 to finish minus-7 – 12 shots out of first place – and earned $1,725.00.

“I ran out of gas on Sunday,” he said. “There’s a lot more to this than just playing golf. It takes a lot out of you and this is a decision I had to make.”


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