PGA Tour rookie overcomes panic attack to win Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
Beljan won the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the last full-field event of the Tour's season, to secure a two-year exemption and move from 139th to 63rd on the money list.
His winning effort was remarkable not just because it was his first, but also because he overcame a panic attack on Friday that was so severe that paramedics followed him on the back nine and he went to the hospital after signing his scorecard.
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He was short of breath, with soaring blood pressure, during his second round, but he still made two eagles and shot 64 to take a three-shot lead. He was released from the hospital in the middle of the night, only hours before his Saturday tee time. He managed to finish 71-69 on the weekend for a 16-under total, two shots better than Matt Every and Robert Garrigus.
''I thought I literally had a chance to die,'' said Beljan, who played his college golf at New Mexico and earned a spot in the big leagues at last year's PGA Tour qualifying tournament. His best finish before Sunday was a tie for third at this year's Greenbrier Classic.
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