LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two days after being hospitalized for a panic attack, Charlie Beljan was cool and collected in a round of 69 to win by two at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic for his first career victory.
With the win, Beljan earns a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. He also moved from 139th on the money list to 63rd.
Despite a bogey on the first hole, Beljan never trailed Sunday. He led by as many as five before seeing that deficit cut to two after a double bogey on the 13th hole. Beljan made a birdie on the next hole, though, and never looked back, two-putting on the 18th for the win.
Beljan is the fourth rookie to win on TOUR this season, joining John Huh, Ted Potter Jr. and Jonas Blixt.
Matt Every and Robert Garrigus tied for second after both shot 68.
Brian Gay, meanwhile, finished fourth, while four others ties for fifth.
In the race to finish in the top 125 on the money list, only Beljan and Tim Herron, who shot a final-round 69 to tie for ninth, moved inside the magic number. Rod Pampling and Billy Mayfair, both of whom missed the cut, were the only players to fall out of the top 125.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On one hand, Russell Knox wasn’t thinking about finishing in the top 125 on the money list after entering the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in a tie for 32nd.
On the other, he played his first 14 holes in 7 under to at one point tie for the lead. Even a second-place finish would have helped him after beginning the week 156th on the money list.
Instead, Knox bogeyed his final two holes to fall down a few spots down the leaderboard -- and in the end out of the top 125 on the money list.
The first bogey was the hardest for Knox to swallow. He hit what he thought was a good bunker shot on the 17th hole only to have it land 17 feet away. He missed the par putt, then made another bogey on the 18th when he missed a 4-footer.
“I played as well as I think I ever have,” Knox said. “I feel like I got extremely robbed on 17.
“It looked like the ball had stopped like four feet. A little gust of wind and it goes off the green almost.”
That said, Knox still finished inside the top 150, which guarantees him at least full status on the Web.com Tour.
“I’m over the moon,” said Knox, who did most of his damage in the Fall Series with three finishes in the top 20. “That was my goal. So I think I can pat myself on the back.”
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Charlie Beljan’s once five-shot lead is no more.
Leading by a handful of shots and seemingly well on his way to his first career win, Beljan double-bogeyed one of the easiest holes on the Magnolia Course, the par-4 13th.
He now leads by just two with Robert Garrigus right behind him. Three others are three shots back.
Prior to the final round of the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Doug Bell and Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio describe the drama of the last round of the PGA TOUR season.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Charlie Beljan bounced back from an early bogey to make the turn in 3 under, extending his lead to three shots here at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
There’s another race going on, though.
The projections for the top 125 on the money list have been fluctuating all day.
Here’s a look at the latest: Rod Pampling and Billy Mayfair, both of whom started the week in the top 125, have fallen out. Tim Herron, meanwhile, is now projected to move up to 122nd after playing his first 13 holes in to get to 12 under and within four of the lead. Kevin Chappell, who started 123rd, is now projected at 125th.
You can get the latest projections here .
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Despite a bogey on the first hole for the second straight day, Charlie Beljan has since bounced back with a pair of birdies to reclaim the solo lead here in the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
The 28-year-old rookie has plenty of company right behind him, though, with Vaughn Taylor and Brian Gay just one just back. Four others, including Boo Weekley, are another stroke back, while five players are at 11 under.
As for the race for the top 125 on the money list, Kevin Chappell, who made the turn in 1 under and is tied for 20th at 9 under, is on the bubble and projected to finish 125th -- for now. Stay tuned.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Despite being hospitalized earlier in the week for what was believed to have been a panic attack, Charlie Beljan maintained his lead going into the final round here at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
Now he’s looking for another miracle -- his first career win. Beljan said Saturday that he thought he’d be home in Arizona by now given what happened in Friday’s round, when he struggled to breathe, had an increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
The 28-year-old got through it, though, and is in position to become the fourth rookie to win this year (John Huh, Ted Potter Jr. and Jonas Blixt were the others).
This marks the first time Beljan has been in this position through 54 holes of a PGA TOUR event -- he was tied for third after three rounds at The Greenbrier Classic earlier this year, where he finished third.
On a side note, Beljan also came into this week 139th on the money list. As long as he doesn’t tumble out of somewhere around the top 12, he should be fine in terms of a card for next season.
Do you think he’ll hang on to win? Third-round leaders/co-leaders have won 21 times in the 41-year history of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. However, since 2004, just one 54-hole leader/co-leader has gone on to win. Discuss below.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The final round of the final event of the season is under way, meaning it’s the last chance for players looking to move inside the top 125 on the money list and secure a PGA TOUR card for next year.
Here’s a look at who came into the week on the bubble. You can track the live projected money list here .