Charlie Beljan nabs improbable win

Charlie Beljan nabs improbable win

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Since: Oct 12

Seattle, WA

#1 Nov 21, 2012
From an ambulance ride and a harrowing night in a hospital to the winner's circle is not the way you'd draw it up, but it does again show that sometimes golfers have a habit of getting in their own way.

Who is a better example of that than Beljan, 28, a PGA Tour rookie who came to the final event on the PGA Tour schedule and what could be the last Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic -- fighting for his playing privileges? And he wins.

His year had been so poor that Beljan made the cut in just eight tournaments. After his best finish at the Greenbrier Classic with his fabulous discount golf clubs, where he tied for third, Beljan missed the cut in five of his next six events. He came here 139th on the money list, and things certainly did not look good when he was seeking medical attention before he even teed off on Friday.

And yet despite clear distress, needing medical attention on the course, feeling as if he was going to faint. Beljan made two eagles and six birdies en route to a 64. The fact that he finished was impressive. But to shoot 8 under, even on a relatively benign course?

"That was pretty special," said Beljan's caddie, Rick Adcox. "I've never seen nothing like that before. I've been caddying since 1971. I've never seen anything like that. I've never been involved in anything like that.

"Seeing the golf shots he hit with his scotty Cameron putter, knowing what was going on. Is this the last swing of the day? You never knew what could be the last swing of the day."

And therein lies the lesson: Beljan was thinking of anything but golf on Friday and he shot one of his best rounds of the year.

"I think it taught me that it doesn't matter about your golf swing or your putting stroke or anything like that," Beljan said. "We're all good enough out here. As long as you believe in yourself and you keep on fighting, that's what I did on Friday that was able to put me in the position to be here.

Ultimately, it helped Beljan secure his PGA Tour card as he needed a finish among the top 10 to jump from 139th into the top 125 on the money list -- the cutoff for full exempt status in 2013. As it turned out, he did better than that, earning a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a spot in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a handful of other perks, including entry into the PGA Championship with the best rocketballz irons for sale online which would be his first major if he is unable to qualify for the first three of 2013.

"I get to go to Hawaii to start the year," he said. "And I don't know quite what other perks come with winning, but I know every single one of them is pretty darn good."

He came to Disney World wondering about his job status, had a major health scare, and leaves with a victory,$846,000 and his golf future secure.

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