• Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

Beljan goes from hospital to winner's circle

ESPN staff
November 11, 2012
Charlie Beljan overcame trying circumstances to win © Getty Images


American Charlie Beljan overcame some trying circumstances to clinch the Children's Miracle Network Hospital Classic on Sunday.

Beljan, needing to finish inside the top ten this week to secure his playing privileges on the PGA Tour for 2013, was taken to hospital on Friday after suffering a panic attack towards the end of his round. He was advised to avoid stressful situations by doctors but persevered on Saturday to hold the lead going into the final round.

Starting with a two-shot advantage, at one point Beljan was five shots clear of the field - but a double-bogey at the par-four 14th cut his lead to just two. But Beljan, a tour rookie, held his nerve to close with a birdie, three pars and a bogey - enough to win by two shots from Matt Every and Robert Garrigus.

In the end Beljan shot a final round 69, good enough for 16-under overall.

"What a joy," said Beljan afterwards. "This is the greatest feeling ever.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get to finish my round on Friday. Yesterday I showed up just hoping to be able to finish 18 holes. Now here I am."

Elsewhere, meanwhile, Kevin Chappell was the 125th and final person to secure his tour card for 2013 - shooting 73 to end up with $647,510 for the year, just $809 more than the unfortunate Jerry Kelly.

"Once I didn't have a chance to win the tournament, I turned my focus to making sure I had a job next year," Chappell said. "Then you see guys making birdies and you wonder what it means. There was a lot of unknown out there.

"I just have to go to work to make sure this doesn't happen again next year."

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