Category: Charlie Beljan

February 18, 2013

They Said It! Butch on Tiger and Obama in Quotes of the Week

Posted at 5:03 PM by Mike Walker
Sergio_quote1. “I think obviously golf is great. We haven't really had anything going on. So we'll see, we started testing, what was it, 2008 I think, and nothing has really come around.”

--Sergio Garcia on performance enhancing drugs in golf




Brandtjobe_quote2.“Don't tell anybody, but we would jump the fence
and get in.”

--Brandt Jobe on watching Fred Couples win the LA Open at Riviera when he was at UCLA




Ernieels_quote3. “There's no data that really confirms that they have to ban it."

--Ernie Els on the USGA and R&A’s proposed ban on anchored putting




Fredcouples_quote4. “If I'm playing well, I can walk around this course and feel like I'm going to shoot par or very close to it every single time.”

--Fred Couples on playing at Riviera, where he’s won twice




Lukedonald_quote5. “I usually give him six a side and that's usually not enough for him.”

--Luke Donald on playing golf with Michael Jordan 





Doak_quote6. "I believe there's a wisdom within The Old Course that goes beyond what anyone today understands about golf course architecture."

--Golf-course architect Tom Doak on the R&A’s changes to the Old Course



Rayfloyd_quote7. “There are guys in there that it's a joke. It takes integrity away from the term 'Hall of Fame.' I'm very upset at the Hall of Fame.”

--Raymond Floyd to Golf Magazine after announcement that Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie would be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame


Butchharmon_quote8. "The President said to Tiger: `The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It's good to see you play well again.' You could tell he meant it. It just wasn't a throw it out compliment."

--Butch Harmon on watching President Obama and Tiger Woods play golf together


Stevie_williams_quote9. “To be that good, that young, and that composed at that age is just incredible."

--Caddie Stevie Williams on fellow New Zealander Lydia Ko




Charliebeljan_quote10. “Thursday and Friday for me suck. I think they are boring. I don't enjoy them. Saturday and Sunday, that's what we wheel and deal.”

--Charlie Beljan on being in the hunt at Riviera on Sunday

January 04, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 4, 2013

Posted at 11:55 PM by Mike Walker
Bubba1. Bubba Watson, on his history of panic attacks


“I’m afraid of three things: I’m afraid of crowds, I’m afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of heights.”



2. Rory McIlroy, on why he might not compete in the 2016 Olympics

"I feel Northern Irish and obviously being from Northern Ireland you have a connection to Ireland and a connection to the UK. If I could and there was a Northern Irish team I'd play for Northern Ireland.”


Johnny3. Johnny Miller, on what he expects from Tiger Woods in 2013

"I think he's due for a win at the Masters. It'll be interesting to see if he can get all the little bugs out of his head."



Carl4. Carl Pettersson, on the anchored-putter ban

“It feels a bit like a witch hunt to me. They keep harping on the younger generation using them, but I think they're going to ban it because it looks bad.”



Caroline 5. Caroline Wozniacki, denying that she received an engagement ring from McIlroy

"It was a Christmas present and it fit on this finger and I put it on."



Gary6. Gary Player, on why he supports the ban on anchored putting

“If you have a slight tremble with putting, you can never be a superstar or win majors. Straightaway, when you anchor it, it takes away the tremor.”



Hunter7. Hunter Mahan, on his off-season visit to Israel in November

“There were missiles at Tel Aviv and we were in Tel Aviv. Once we heard that and once my wife heard that, she said, ‘We're out of here.’”



Charlie8. Charlie Beljan, on disliking food

“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.”



Stricker9. Steve Stricker, on his ‘semi-retirement’ at age 45

“When I get home, I'm not there. I'm focused on where I go next. ... I've had enough of being totally focused on golf.”



Monty10. Colin Montgomerie, on being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

“I had my fun in America but at the same time all good banter and good competition, and I'm very competitive, and so were they and it made it quite interesting.”

January 03, 2013

Charlie Beljan: Not eating may have led to anxiety attack

Posted at 5:40 PM by Cameron Morfit

BeljanKAPALUA, 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."

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

November 15, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Greg Norman says 'lots of guys' used beta blockers in his day

Posted at 12:05 PM by Samantha Glover

According to a report by The New York Times, Greg Norman said he remembers a time when "lots of guys were on beta blockers" on the PGA Tour:

“It wasn’t openly acknowledged, but it was obvious to the rest of us. A guy’s personality would change. In practice rounds or friendly matches, we’d see the real guy under stress. Then in competition, he was like a different, calmer person. Those guys were trying to take the nerves out of the game. But nerves are very much a part of the game.”

In 2008, when the PGA and LPGA Tours adopted anti-doping policies, beta blockers were included on the banned substance list.

Charlie Beljan's panic attack and win at the Children's Miracle Network Classic did more than just secure his place on the PGA Tour next year. It has also brought up the discussion of beta blockers once again.

According to the Times report, Beljan will meet with his doctors near his Arizona home to discuss potential treatment plans this week. If Beljan is required to take medication to treat his anxiety, he will be required to apply for a therapeutic-use exemption, which will require a review by an independent panel of doctors, to continue the medication during competition.

November 11, 2012

PGA Tour rookie overcomes panic attack to win Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

Posted at 5:04 PM by

Charlie-beljan-337On Friday night, 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan thought he might die. On Sunday afternoon, he gave his career a whole new life.

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.

PGA Tour Confidential: Our experts discuss Beljan's win and more

Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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