Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Despite spending the night at a hospital, PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan fired a one-under-par 71 in the third round Saturday to stay in front of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney’s Magnolia Course.
The 28-year-old Beljan was admitted to the nearby Celebration Hospital Friday after complaining of chest pains, shortness of breath and numbness in his arms after shooting a second-round 64.
He spent the night at the hospital but returned to the course despite a doctor’s recommendation not to play. Now, he owns a two-shot advantage over Brian Gay, Josh Teater and Charlie Wi.
“It was nice to walk around and be able to smile,” Beljan said after the round. “I like having fun and talking to people. And yesterday was hanging on for my life and keeping to myself. So today I felt a lot more in my environment. (I) enjoyed being out there.
“It was a big relief. Really, it was almost nice, not that that happened yesterday, but teeing it up today, I didn’t really think of the 3-shot lead or in the leader group on Saturday on the PGA Tour. I was just trying to go out there and put one foot in front of the other and see what happened,” he added.
After signing his scorecard Friday, Beljan was taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance and a trip to Celebration Hospital. He said he barely slept and was still wearing his golf shoes until 4:30 a.m.
“Still not feeling that great, but shoot, the position I’m in, it’s kind of hard not to show up,” Beljan said. “But an hour of sleep, and … 10:55, we’ll give it a whirl, give it our best shot.”
At the hospital, Beljan underwent a battery of tests but no reasons were given for his troubles.
“Well, they released me this morning and they wouldn’t have done that … they released me saying that they thought I was good enough maybe not to go play golf, but at least to leave the hospital,” Beljan said.