Charlie Beljan: Not eating may have led to anxiety attack
KAPALUA, Maui -- In his press conference at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Thursday, Charlie Beljan said his dislike of food may have been partly to blame for his panic attacks as he won the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in November.
Beljan told his caddie he felt like he was dying and was hospitalized Friday night while winning the Children's Miracle Network at Disney World, the last official PGA Tour event of 2012. But he confirmed Thursday a report from Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, that part of the problem may have been that he hadn't eaten in 20 hours. In fact, Beljan said, he dislikes food, and as a result he's eaten the same Subway sandwich for the past eight years.
"I don't like to eat," he said. "I don't like food. I wish I could swallow a few pills every morning and not have to chew on anything the rest of the day. Since I've been a kid, I'm not a food fan. I've eaten the same Subway sandwich five days a week for the last eight years and haven't changed it, and I'm not willing to try.
"We went to a luau last night," Beljan continued, "which was wonderful, and they had a five‑course meal and I didn't take a bite of any of it because I wasn't willing to try it."
Beljan, who was in danger of losing his Tour card before winning the Disney by two over Matt Every and Robert Garrigus, said he has at least become more conscious of his calorie intake as a result of his panic attacks, his tendency to fall asleep at the dinner table, and advice from concerned friends, family and medical professionals.
"Now I'm eating on the golf course, eating three meals a day," Beljan said. "They might be the same thing every day, but at least I'm putting some fuel in my body."
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