Rallying is second nature for Schultz

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

David Schultz has been winning golf titles for far too long to be called a comeback kid.

Make that a comeback ace.

Schultz claimed his third city match-play title on the weekend with a monstrous rebound in the semifinal and an impressive comeback in the final.

"It feels pretty good," Schultz said. "Match play is a funny thing, you can play well and still be out, depending on who you're playing. It becomes a real endurance test, for the body and the mind."

In this case, a dash of adversity, too.

In the final, Schultz was down two to Rick Heenan after two holes at Glencoe Forest but regrouped to claim the match 2-and-1.

It followed an amazing comeback over Senan Foley in the semifinal.

Schultz was down three with five holes to play but went on a run that included a pair of birdies and an eagle to force a playoff. He won with back-to-back birdies in the extra holes.

Foley actually forced the playoff.

"After I birdied 17 to go one up, I think I've got it when he makes a poor tee-shot on 18," Schultz recalled.

"Then he makes a 215-yard, 5-iron over the trees to eight-feet and makes birdie.

"He didn't give up, he was playing good golf."

Foley actually missed his birdie on the deciding hole when his 20-ft. putt lipped out.

"We could have gone on for a long time. That was a real bunch of shotmaking," Schultz said.

Overcoming that adversity helped Schultz stay calm against his good buddy in the final.

"It does help to be able to draw on that experience,"he said.

"You knew it was going to be a long day. Both of us were playing our fifth round in three days, so you knew you were gonna be tired and mistakes would be made.

"The thing was to try and make the least mistakes and play patient.

"Luckily it worked out for me."


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