LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Early on it looked like the residual effects of Charlie Beljan’s possible panic attack on Friday might get the best of him in the third round. He wasn’t sure if he would last two holes or all 18.
Then Beljan opened with two bogeys in his first three holes.
He’s since recovered, however, with four birdies over his last eight holes to get to 14 under and two shots clear of his nearest competitor.
Still, it’s a crowded leaderboard here in the third round. Eleven players are within four shots of the lead. Among them: Charlie Wi, who led after the first round following a 64, and Camilo Villegas, who came into the week 150th on the money list and in need of a good finish to secure his card for next year.
Tommy Gainey, who won the last event on the Fall Series a couple of weeks ago, is also 10 under.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brian Gay’s birdie streak ended at five after a par on the par-3 15th hole. Still, he’s 7 under on the day and 13 under for the week and in the lead -- for now -- by a shot.
Right behind him? Charlie Beljan. He recovered from a rough start, making two bogeys in his first three holes, to get to even par by the turn. Charles Howell III is also at 12 under.
They have plenty of company, too. Camilo Villegas and Josh Teater are both 11 under, while six others are another stroke back at 10 under.
Among the latter: Tommy Gainey, who’s looking for his second win in his last two starts, and Scott Stallings, who is looking for his third career win.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Calif. -- After briefly losing his lead with two early bogeys, Charlie Beljan is back atop the leaderboard at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, where he’s tied with Scott Stallings and Matt Jones at 11 under.
Meanwhile, four others are a stroke back, including Camilo Villegas, who came into the week 150th on the money list and in danger of losing his card.
Four others, including Charles Howell III, who has a pair of career top-10 finishes here, are at 9 under.
Beljan, who spent the night in the hospital with what may have been an anxiety attack, three-putted two of his first three holes before bouncing back with a birdie on the par-5 fourth.
Prior to the third round of the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio speaks with 36-hole leader Charlie Beljan about his health and mindset.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Despite a recommendation by doctors that Charlie Beljan not continue to play, he will go on in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, where he leads by three going into Saturday’s third round.
Beljan spent the night at nearby Celebration Hospital after suffering from shortness of breath, an increased heart rate and high blood pressure. After several tests, however, doctors couldn’t find anything physically wrong with the 28-year-old, who was released Saturday morning.
“That was probably the hardest day of my life,” said Beljan, who got only an hour of sleep and actually slept with his golf shoes on. “The end result was that they think that everything was OK. That's why I'm here today.
”I’m still not feeling that great, but shoot, the position I'm in, it's kind of hard not to show up. We'll give it a whirl, give it our best shot.”
Beljan, who believes he may have suffered an anxiety attack, shot a 64 on Friday despite gasping for air and having to lay down on the course several times during his round. Once he signed his scorecard, he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital.
By Saturday morning, Beljan was ready to play golf after getting to the course about an hour before his 10:55 a.m. ET tee time.
“Blood work, the CAT scan, the lungs, the heart, everything was wonderful, which is a huge relief,” Beljan said. “Still, I'm going to have to go back out there and kind of face the feelings today.
”They released me saying that they thought I was good enough maybe not to go play golf, but at least to leave the hospital. I'm making the decision to come out here and play. Who knows if we'll last two holes. Who knows if we'll last 18 holes. We're just going to take it one shot at a time, which I did yesterday and ended up pretty good.”
Beljan said on Friday that he has suffered similar episodes in recent weeks, but nothing this extreme. And last month, he passed out on a flight home from Reno, Nev., and had to be taken to the hospital once the plane landed. Again, doctors weren’t able to come up with a diagnosis.
The rookie came into this week with the added stress of playing for his PGA TOUR card -- he is 139th on the money list; only the top 125 after this week receive cards.
Beljan, who was barely coherent after finishing his second round, didn’t even realize he was in the lead until he reached the hospital.
“I haven't even thought about the three-shot lead or the golf really,” he said. “My health is the No. 1 thing. Without that it's kind of hard to play golf. So I look forward to the opportunity and see what we can do with this.
“I look forward to having some fun today. And we'll see what happens. It's a dream come true.”
Charlie Beljan leads at 12 under despite having to be hospitalized after his round.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Charlie Beljan was loaded into an ambulance via stretcher after completing his second round at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, where he suffered from shortness of breath, an elevated heart rate, high blood pressure and numbness in his arms.
Beljan, who shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead halfway through the event, was taken to nearby Celebration Hospital, where he was undergoing tests and hoping to be released Friday night.
During his round, however, Beljan had to sit down several times. He called for paramedics on the 10th hole but decided to play on.
The 28-year-old rookie is 12 under through 36 holes and is projected to move from 139th to 65th on the money list, which would secure his PGA TOUR card for next year.
"I think he's scared," Beljan's caddie, Rick Adcox, said. "He kept saying he thought he was going to die."
Medical personnel walked with him for much of his back nine. Adcox said Beljan had asked for medical attention earlier on Friday on the practice tee prior to his round.
“A couple times I thought he might pass out," Adcox said. "He just said, ‘I’m gonna keep going until I pass out or they take me off,’ and I kept saying it doesn’t matter to me, it’s only a golf tournament.”
It was a courageous round given the circumstances. Beljan dropped to his knees on several occasions, trying to catch his breath. After he finished his round, he broke down in tears.
“He was trying to keep upright,” playing partner Ed Loar said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right. It was pretty bizarre.”
Despite his struggles, Belgian was 8 under through his first 11 holes and flirting with a 59.
On the 17th, he told his caddie, “I just want to get finished.” He did that with a an up-and-down for par on the 18th after a poor second shot before struggling to reach the scoring area, where he signed his scorecard. Shortly thereafter he was taken to the hospital.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Charlie Beljan has separated himself from the pack here at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, leading by two at 12 under with five holes left in his round.
But he’s experiencing shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate. Beljan suffers from asthma and it’s believe to be related to that, according to officials. Stay tuned. For now, though, a member of the medical staff is on hand with Beljan to keep an eye on him.
Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson is two shots back and is 6 under through 16 holes today on the Palm Course.
Behind them is where the logjam begins. Eight players are tied at 9 under with a couple of them still on the golf course. Among that group? Camilo Villegas, Kevin Chappell and Mark Anderson, all of whom entered the week outside the top 125 on the money list.
Another seven players are a stroke behind that at 8 under, including Tommy Gainey, who is looking for his second win in as many starts.