Schulz beats Sluman by stroke at L.A. GOLF

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES -- Ted Schulz, whose golf career has been mostly an uphill battle, shot a 3-under-par 68 yesterday to win the Los Angeles Open by a stroke.

After parring the final hole to finish the tournament with a 12-under-par 272, Schulz watched as Jeff Sluman, in the last threesome, missed an 8-foot try for a birdie that would have forced a playoff.


Sluman shot a closing 70 at Riviera County Club.

Bruce Lietzke, Craig Stadler and Davis Love III finished another shot back at 274.


Schulz, who needed two years to earn a PGA Tour card, then lost it after a disappointing rookie season in 1987, was two shots behind Sluman at the turn, as Sluman went to 13-under with nine holes remaining.

Sluman, beginning the day tied for the lead with Lietzke, shot a 2-over-par 38 on the back nine, including three bogeys.

Schulz, steady if unspectacular, had eight pars and one birdie -- on No. 11.

Lietzke shot a 71, including three-putting No. 18, as he slid back into a tie for third. Stadler, starting the round five shots off the pace, trimmed four shots off par on the front nine but cooled down the stretch, bogeying the final hole. Love shot a 70 to share third place.

Schulz's card featured rounds of 69, 66, 69 and 68, as he won for the second time. His other victory was in the 1989 Southern Open.

A native of Louisville, Ky., who played one year at the University of Louisville, Schulz turned pro in the fall of 1984, but didn't make it through qualifying school until 1986.