Charlie Beljan Wins At Disney
For Top 125
Wins In Mexico
Somewhere along the way last week
Charlie Beljan decided losing his PGA Tour
card was a fate worse than death.
So, he kept playing at the Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals Classic despite
a dangerously arrhythmic heartbeat that
he thought, at one point Friday, was a
panic attack that was going to kill him
right there on the course in front of God,
Mickey Mouse and millions of riveted
The happy ending, for now, for the
little-known Beljan was a closing 69 that
mostly turned his first Tour victory into
a Sunday stroll through the Magnolia
Course at the world’s most famous park.
But make no mistake, this was serious
stuff. Beljan is now exempt through the
end of 2014. But doctors say there is no
guarantee the panic attacks won’t return.
In Singapore, Rory McIlroy clinched
the European Tour’s season-long Race
to Dubai by finishing third behind Italian
teen Matteo Manassero, who dodged
Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a
playoff and won it on the third.
In Mexico, Cristie Kerr won for the first
time in more than two years and, by holding
off Inbee Park, assured that Stacy Lewis will
be the first American woman in 18 years to
win the Rolex Player of the Year award.
Finally, we pause to note the long ago
words of a famous poet and how those
words relate to the recent passing of Jim
Flick, the beloved teacher who spent a
lifetime helping golfers dig it out of the dirt:
“Earth,” to paraphrase W. H. Auden,
“received an honored guest.”