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Charlie Beljan’s wild week ends with a victory


Charlie Beljan had no reason to panic Sunday. His wild week at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., ended with a comfortable lead and his first PGA Tour victory. What a turnaround in just two days. Beljan struggled to breathe and his blood pressure spiked during the second round Friday, which ended with him being wheeled out of the scoring room on a stretcher. He spent the night at the hospital. It turned out to be a panic attack that was out of control. For 36 holes, he feared the panic attack might return. By the end of play Sunday, the 28-year-old rookie had completed a dream week. Beljan ran off four straight birdies around the turn and built a five-shot lead on the back nine. He closed with a bogey for a 3-under 69 and a two-shot win at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Beljan was No. 139 on the PGA Tour money list coming into the final event of the year and figured he was headed back to Q-school. His win gives him a two-year exemption, a trip to Maui for the Tournament of Champions, and a spot in the PGA Championship next year. Robert Garrigus and Matt Every each closed with a 68 to finish two shots behind. Tim Herron was the other big winner, closing with a 69 to tie for ninth. Herron moved from No. 138 to No. 124 on the money list, giving him a full card for 2013.

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