LOS ANGELES – Charlie Beljan just wanted to get to the weekend with a chance.
He believes he’s a different player on the weekends.
That’s what he's counting on as he seeks to break out of a swoon and make another run at winning the Northern Trust Open.
“I haven't made too many weekends in my career, but when I have, I've made the most of them,” Beljan said. “So, I'm looking forward to going out there, freewheeling it and making some birdies and seeing where I fall on Sunday.”
With a 3-under-par 68 Friday, Beljan is in the hunt to win his second PGA Tour title. He was just two shots off the lead Friday with the morning wave finishing up. He broke through to win the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the end of 2012 and four months after that nearly followed it up winning here. He lost in a playoff to John Merrick at Riviera in ’13.
Beljan, 32, didn’t exactly run with momentum after his playoff loss here. He failed to make a cut in eight of his last nine starts of last year and arrived here this week off three consecutive missed cuts.
Still, he believes weekends in the hunt bring out his best golf.
“I'm just fearless, I think,” Beljan said. “I think Thursday and Friday, still being a new guy out here, I kind of think about the cut a lot, instead of thinking about the top of the leaderboard. Once I make the cut, I just see how far up that leaderboard I can move. So, if I can move that mindset to Thursday and Friday, which I did this week, I think it's going to be very beneficial for my career in the long run.”
Beljan didn’t radiate fearlessness in his first PGA Tour victory. He survived a panic attack the weekend he won at Disney. He did show admirable resolve breaking through his troubles to win for the first time. He will be looking to show that same kind of resolve this weekend.