It wasn’t a dream after all.
The health scare that grabbed a hold of Charlie Beljan now must seem like one. Maybe the outcome at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic even more. After Charlie Beljan fought an accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath, high blood pressure and numbness in his arms following his second round, the native of Mesa, Arizona produced his own magic over the final two rounds to win his first PGA TOUR title.
But if you ask Beljan, he thinks he is dreaming (via PGA.com).
“It was incredible,” Beljan said. “I was happy that I was a PGA TOUR champion. I was happy that my wife and my baby were here. It still isn’t real.”
His son is seven weeks old. Pretty nice two month span of Beljan’s life if you ask me.
Incredible might be a bit of an understatement. His play even after his second round showed he can bounce back. He bogeyed two of his first holes for his third round. He bogeyed the opening hole on his final round. Apparently, there was no reason to believe he wouldn’t win after what transpired during his second round. It was as if Beljan was destined to win.
Running off a birdies on five of six holes certainly had to have Beljan feeling a little better (literally and figuratively) even after a double-bogey on the 13th. He merely followed that up with a birdie on the 14th. From that point on, it was a formality even after a closing bogey on the 18th.
With the win, Beljan climbed to 63rd on the money list. Making the top 125 was his goal as he started this weekend in 139th position. Done. But that’s not the best part. With the win, Beljan now has two years of status on the tour.
Here’s Beljan after his win
There wasn’t nearly the movement as I thought there would be. Only two players fell out of the top 125 on the money list: Tim Herron and Kevin Chappell. Herron entered the weekend 134th on the money list. After missing a putt from off the green on the 18th, Herron thought he would finish outside. When Billy Andrade informed him he was safe, Herron was reluctant to believe him.
Andrade was correct…by about $14,000. That was the amount of money Herron was ahead of Chappel, yet his wait was a little more excruciating. On the final hole, Chappell observed as both Josh Teater and Chalie Wi sank par putts. Had either bogeyed the final hole, Jerry Kelly would have earned enough money to vault over Chappell.
Kelly will have an exemption for next season as he will now be able to use a one-time only career earnings exemption.
The two that dropped out: Billy Mayfair and Rod Pampling. Neither helped their cause as both missed the cut.