Beljan playing out of motor home to help battle anxiety

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LOS ANGELES – Every PGA Tour event is beginning to feel like a home game for Charlie Beljan.

A month ago, Beljan bought himself a luxury motor home, a 40-foot Newmar Ventana that he says is helping him deal with some of the anxiety that overwhelmed him last year.

Beljan, who battled through a panic attack to win the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic late last year, lost in a playoff to John Merrick Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.

Every night this week, Beljan has been going to sleep to the soothing sounds of the Pacific Ocean at a Malibu RV Park. His wife, Merisa, and his 5-month-old son, Graham, are here with him. They’ve traveled the West Coast swing together in their home on wheels.

“We‘ve only been doing it for four weeks, but I can’t see myself doing it any other way now,” Beljan said. “I honestly feel like I can play 10 weeks in a row with this bus. I feel like I’m working out of my home. I’ve got all my same stuff, my bed, and I’m not going back to a hotel room and sitting on a bed where I sleep and staring at the walls. I can sit outside here and listen to the waves.”

Beljan missed the cuts in the four West Coast events he played prior to the Northern Trust, but he says he’s finally settling in after all the hoopla that followed his victory at Disney.

He will drive his motor home to The Honda Classic in South Florida for his next PGA Tour start. He says it’s a 2,260 mile drive. On the way, he plans to stop to watch his first Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach.