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Beljanā??s wild week is complete with victory at Disney


February 19. 2013 4:50PM
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Charlie Beljan felt as if his heart was about to burst out of his chest Sunday at Disney, and he couldn't have felt better.


This wasn't another panic attack gone wild, like the one that sent him to the hospital in an ambulance after the second round and made him feel like he was going to die. This was the prospect of winning on the PGA Tour for the first time.


The roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom are nothing like what Beljan went through in the final PGA Tour event of the year.


Two days after he was wheeled out of the scoring room on a stretcher, the 28-year-old rookie was celebrating on the 18th green as the band played Zippity-Do-Dah. He arrived at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic with his job in jeopardy, and left with a two-year exemption that will send him to Maui at the start of the year, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill and lots of other tournaments where winners belong.


Every day I drove underneath that Disney sign coming in here that said, ‘Where dreams come true,' and that's just what happened this week, Beljan said after closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot win. And I'm so grateful and so honored.


Beljan could hardly breathe and his blood pressure spiked during his second round, when paramedics followed him around the back nine. After sleeping for only an hour or so in the hospital after a variety of tests, he played Saturday fearful of having another panic attack. And when he awoke Sunday morning, his head was throbbing and his stomach felt queasy.


Once he got on the golf course, the rest was easy.


Beljan ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn, twice knocking in putts from around 30 feet, and built a five-shot lead. A double bogey made it close, but only until he made birdie on the next hole. He tapped in one last putt, tossed his putter to the side of the green, pumped his fist in celebration and hoisted his 7-week-old son.


Robert Garrigus and Matt Every each closed with a 68 and tied for second.




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