Date: November 12, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Beljan snatches Miracle victory

Charlie Beljan has once again defied doctor&aposs orders after a second-round panic attack to win the Children&aposs Miracle Network Classic on Sunday as Australian Matt Jones found himself seven strokes off the lead. The 28-year-old American became the fourth rookie to win on the PGA Tour this season, his three-under 69 on Sunday seeing him complete a memorable victory in the year&aposs final tournament as he finished on 16 under overall, two strokes ahead of Matt Every and Robert Garrigus. Beljan suffered shortness of breath and a blood pressure spike during his second round on Friday, but despite having just one hour&aposs sleep that night as he was diagnosed with a panic attack at a local hospital, the rookie returned to the course on Saturday to maintain his lead with a one-under 71. And he finished off the win on Sunday, despite enduring an inconsistent round that featured eight birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. Both Garrigus and Every produced four-under 68 rounds on Sunday but neither of the pair could knock Beljan off his perch. Garrigus moved within two shots of Beljan after the latter double-bogeyed the 13th, but that was as close as he got as the birdies dried up for him from then on. The result was more than good enough to take Beljan into the top 125 on the PGA Tour&aposs money earners&apos list, as he climbed up 76 places to eventually finish in 63rd. It capped off a rollercoaster season for Beljan which saw him get married, have his first child and start suffering debilitating panic attacks after passing out on a flight in August. Tim Herron also climbed into the money earners&apos list, his three-under 69 on Sunday seeing him finish ninth and climb into 124th as he secured his position on the PGA Tour for next season. But among the losers was Australian Rod Pampling, who missed the cut in Florida and dropped three places to finish 127th on the list. He was joined outside the top 125 by Billy Mayfair, who also missed the cut on Friday and dropped from 125 to 128. The pair still have a chance to earn a card for 2013, however, as the 126th to 150th-ranked players head to Q-School. Matt Jones, though, was the best of the Australian contingent in Florida, his one-under 71 on Sunday seeing him finish at nine under for the tournament. But Jones finished 172nd on the money earners&apos list, seven places ahead of Gavin Coles. Coles produced a three-under 69 in his last round to finish at seven-under overall, one stroke ahead of Nick O&aposHern and Stuart Appleby, who both posted one-under-71 final rounds. O&aposHern will be headed to Q-School with Pampling, though, as he finished at 145 on the money earners&apos list, while Appleby was 161st, but may play in the PGA Tour next year as he has the option of using a one-time exemption due to his overall career earnings.