Beljan wins in Florida two days after hospital stay
PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan claimed the Children's Miracle Network Classic in impressive fashion on Sunday, winning by two strokes in Florida to secure a PGA Tour card for the next two years just two days after a hospital stay.
Beljan fired a three-under-par 69 to finish at 16-under-par for the tournament, besting fellow Americans Robert Garrigus (68) and Matt Every (68) who tied for second at 14-under while Brian Gay (70) was a shot further back in fourth.
Suffering heart palpitations and shortness of breath during the second round, the 28-year-old spent Friday night in hospital but still managed to enter the final round with a two-stroke lead.
Starting the week at 139th on the money list and facing the prospect of losing his tour card for 2013, Beljan traded two bogeys with two birdies over the first five holes, leading many to believe his symptoms would eventually get the better of him.
But in a stunning turn of events he rammed home five birdies in a six hole run between the seventh and 12th holes to put a gap on the field and lead by as many as five.
A nervous double bogey after tree and sand trouble on the 13th was just a temporary stumble as another birdie on the 14th allowed Beljan to regain control of his round and although he bogeyed the final hole he still did more than enough to claim his first career tour win.
272 - Charlie Beljan 68-64-71-69
274 - Matt Every 67-69-70-68, Robert Garrigus 68-68-70-68
275 - Brian Gay 69-69-67-70
276 - Scott Stallings 66-70-71-69, Josh Teater 71-67-67-71, Boo Weekley 70-67-72-67, Charlie Wi (KOR) 64-71-70-71
277 - Mark Anderson 68-67-74-68, Tom Gillis 72-66-70-69, Tim Herron 71-70-67-69, Jerry Kelly 71-68-72-66, Russell Knox (SCO) 66-72-72-67, Joey Snyder 69-70-72-66
278 - Cameron Beckman 70-68-69-71, Charles Howell 68-67-73-70, Ryan Palmer 70-70-67-71, Kevin Streelman 68-68-72-70
279 - Jonas Blixt (SWE) 70-71-68-70, Daniel Chopra (SWE) 69-67-70-73, Scott Dunlap 72-68-68-71, Harris English 68-67-73-71, Matt Jones (AUS) 71-64-73-71, Sean O'Hair 73-68-67-71, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 68-67-71-73, Daniel Summerhays 71-71-68-69, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 69-68-70-72