If you weren’t watching today’s coverage of the CMNH, Charlie Beljan performed well under adverse conditions. No, I’m not referring to the weather. I’m referring to Beljan fighting, well, Charlie Beljan.
Before he even began his round, Beljan was on the driving range and called for paramedics. Despite that, Blejan decoded to play his round. Knowing he needed a strong finish to crack the top 125 on the monely list had to have an impact on his decision.
So how in the world did Beljan manage to shoot a brilliant 8-under-par 64? According to PGATOUR.com’s Brain Wacker, Beljan kept telling himself one more shot, one more hole. Did that ever pay dividends.
Beljan carded a round with two eagles, six birdies and two bogeys. His final bogey came on the 17th. While lining up his par putt, is was reported on the Golf Channel that as Beljan’s caddie, Rock Adcox, was helping line up the putt, Beljan told Adcox he didn’t care. He simply wanted to finish his round.
Beljan’s playing partners afforded him every opportunity to do so. They were well aware of the situation. One of those was Ed Loar.
“He was trying to keep upright,” said Ed Loar, who played alongside Beljan. “Hopefully he’ll be all right. It was pretty bizarre.”
Probably a little scary, too.
And when the round ended, the trials of Charlie Beljan became even more front and center. As he began his walk to the scoring area, Beljan stumbled as he took a turn onto the cart path. As he continued his walk, Beljan was overcome with emotion. He had played the round of his career on two levels: he holds the overnight lead and he did so with a brilliant round which placed him atop the leaderboard…by three shots.
Beljan was diagnosed with shortness of breath, an accelerated heart rate, high blood pressure and numbness in his arms. At one point, he told Adcox he felt like he was going to die.
Beljan has suffered from these same issues in the past. He has suffered from small panic attacks over the past few weeks. The hope is that this incident is a panic attack as well. A text send from Beljan’s agent Andy Dawson stated the plan was for Beljan to play on Saturday.
But that decision almost didn’t come.
“When I got done with 15 I really made a turn for the worse,” Beljan said. “Withdrawing was definitely on my mind, but in my mind I knew if I could hang on the medical staff was close by.”
And I refer again to Beljan’s standings on the money list. If he had securely been in the top 125, i have no doubt, he would have withdrawn. I doubt he would have even played the second round.