Beljan Survives Scare, Wins 1st Tour Title

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Doctors told Charlie Beljan he was in good enough health to leave the hospital Saturday morning, but perhaps not to play golf. With his job on the line and his name atop the leaderboard for the first time, Beljan ignored the recommendation and was glad he did.

One day after a panic attack so severe that he struggled to breathe and feared for his life, Beljan managed just fine in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Despite a pair of early bogeys, and one nervous moment when he felt his chest tighten, he had a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead at Disney.

Suddenly, the 28-year-old rookie has a chance to do more than just keep his card. He's one round away from winning on the PGA Tour.

He stayed overnight in the hospital -- with his shoes on for most of the night -- and only got about an hour of sleep. This is the final PGA Tour event of the year, and Beljan is at No. 139 on the money list. Only the top 125 keep their cards, and Beljan likely would need to finish around 10th.

Beljan said he started to feel some of the same symptoms from Friday as he approached the turn. He ate a sandwich, tried to calm himself, and back-to-back birdies to start the back nine certainly helped. He closed with six straight pars to reach 13-under 203. That gave him a two-shot lead over Brian Gay (67), Josh Teater (67) and Charlie Wi, who was tied with Beljan until two sloppy bogeys at the end for a 70.

When last seen at Disney, Beljan was gasping to draw a big breath and sitting in the fairway to wait his turn to hit. Paramedics followed him around the back nine after a spike in his blood pressure. After signing for a 64, Beljan emerged from the scoring room strapped into a stretcher and was loaded into an ambulance.

RESULTS
At Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
m-Magnolia Golf Course: 7,516 yards, par-72
p-Palm Golf Course: 7,011 yards, par-72
Purse: $4.7 million
Final
Charlie Beljan, $846,000 68m-64p-71m-69m-272 -16
Matt Every, $413,600 67p-69m-70m-68m-274 -14
Robert Garrigus, $413,600 68p-68m-70m-68m-274 -14
Brian Gay, $225,600 69p-69m-67m-70m-275 -13
Scott Stallings, $165,088 66p-70m-71m-69m-276 -12
Josh Teater, $165,088 71p-67m-67m-71m-276 -12
Boo Weekley, $165,088 70m-67p-72m-67m-276 -12
Charlie Wi, $165,088 64p-71m-70m-71m-276 -12
Mark Anderson, $112,800 68p-67m-74m-68m-277 -11
Tom Gillis, $112,800 72m-66p-70m-69m-277 -11
Tim Herron, $112,800 71m-70p-67m-69m-277 -11
Jerry Kelly, $112,800 71m-68p-72m-66m-277 -11
Russell Knox, $112,800 66p-72m-72m-67m-277 -11
Joey Snyder III, $112,800 69m-70p-72m-66m-277 -11
Cameron Beckman, $77,550 70m-68p-69m-71m-278 -10
Charles Howell III, $77,550 68m-67p-73m-70m-278 -10
Ryan Palmer, $77,550 70m-70p-67m-71m-278 -10
Kevin Streelman, $77,550 68m-68p-72m-70m-278 -10
Jonas Blixt, $49,454 70p-71m-68m-70m-279 -9
Harris English, $49,454 68p-67m-73m-71m-279 -9
Matt Jones, $49,454 71m-64p-73m-71m-279 -9
Daniel Summerhays, $49,454 71m-71p-68m-69m-279 -9
Daniel Chopra, $49,454 69m-67p-70m-73m-279 -9
Brendon de Jonge, $49,454 69m-68p-70m-72m-279 -9
Scott Dunlap, $49,454 72m-68p-68m-71m-279 -9
Sean O'Hair, $49,454 73m-68p-67m-71m-279 -9
Henrik Stenson, $49,454 68m-67p-71m-73m-279 -9
Martin Flores, $31,255 72p-69m-71m-68m-280 -8
Ryuji Imada, $31,255 69p-66m-73m-72m-280 -8
Robert Karlsson, $31,255 71m-70p-72m-67m-280 -8
Vaughn Taylor, $31,255 70m-68p-68m-74m-280 -8
Roland Thatcher, $31,255 69p-73m-67m-71m-280 -8
Camilo Villegas, $31,255 65p-71m-70m-74m-280 -8
Roberto Castro, $23,735 69p-71m-72m-69m-281 -7
Kevin Chappell, $23,735 67p-69m-72m-73m-281 -7
Gavin Coles, $23,735 71m-71p-70m-69m-281 -7
Billy Horschel, $23,735 71p-70m-71m-69m-281 -7
Derek Lamely, $23,735 73m-68p-69m-71m-281 -7
D.J. Trahan, $23,735 74m-67p-68m-72m-281 -7
Stuart Appleby, $16,046 74m-68p-69m-71m-282 -6
Matt Bettencourt, $16,046 67p-74m-71m-70m-282 -6
Stewart Cink, $16,046 69p-69m-75m-69m-282 -6
Ken Duke, $16,046 67p-74m-69m-72m-282 -6
Tommy Gainey, $16,046 65p-71m-70m-76m-282 -6
Colt Knost, $16,046 67p-71m-71m-73m-282 -6
Davis Love III, $16,046 73p-68m-70m-71m-282 -6
Nick O'Hern, $16,046 69m-73p-73m-67m-282 -6
Brendan Steele, $16,046 67p-75m-72m-68m-282 -6
Garrett Willis, $16,046 73m-69p-70m-70m-282 -6
Miguel Angel Carballo, $11,249 71m-65p-74m-73m-283 -5
Will Claxton, $11,249 72m-67p-71m-73m-283 -5
Jeff Maggert, $11,249 72p-70m-68m-73m-283 -5
William McGirt, $11,249 71m-71p-69m-72m-283 -5
Justin Leonard, $11,249 73m-67p-73m-70m-283 -5
Edward Loar, $11,249 69m-74p-72m-68m-283 -5
Brian Harman, $10,622 66p-72m-73m-73m-284 -4
Tom Pernice Jr., $10,622 74p-68m-73m-69m-284 -4
Ted Potter, Jr., $10,622 75m-68p-69m-72m-284 -4
Jason Kokrak, $10,340 71m-68p-74m-72m-285 -3
Chris Stroud, $10,340 70m-66p-77m-72m-285 -3
Cameron Tringale, $10,340 75m-67p-72m-71m-285 -3
Ben Curtis, $10,058 69m-70p-75m-72m-286 -2
Nathan Green, $10,058 71p-72m-71m-72m-286 -2
Kyle Reifers, $10,058 69m-74p-70m-73m-286 -2
Carl Paulson, $9,823 71m-70p-74m-72m-287 -1
John Rollins, $9,823 70m-70p-75m-72m-287 -1
Marco Dawson, $9,541 68p-72m-74m-74m-288 E
J.J. Killeen, $9,541 71p-70m-71m-76m-288 E
Alexandre Rocha, $9,541 71p-70m-75m-72m-288 E
Gary Woodland, $9,541 73p-68m-74m-73m-288 E
Alex Cejka, $9,212 72p-71m-69m-77m-289 +1
Chris DiMarco, $9,212 72p-71m-71m-75m-289 +1
Patrick Sheehan, $9,212 69p-73m-72m-75m-289 +1
Jason Bohn, $8,977 73m-70p-70m-77m-290 +2
Chris Kirk, $8,977 73p-70m-72m-75m-290 +2
Shane Bertsch, $8,836 69p-71m-75m-76m-291 +3
Chez Reavie, $8,742 68m-74p-74m-76m-292 +4
Mathew Goggin, $8,648 69p-74m-72m-79m-294 +6

 

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