November 11 2012
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.