Moving Day Musings: CMN Hospitals Classic


The final official event of the 2012 season experienced an unexpected twist late Friday when tournament leader Charlie Beljan was rushed to the hospital after struggling to complete his second round. Tournament officials say the 28-year-old will be able to continue the event after amassing a 3-shot lead Friday. Here are some players and storylines to keep an eye on during Saturday's third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic:

• Entering the weekend tied for ninth and trailing Beljan by four shots, Tommy Gainey is in position to potentially win for the second time in less than a month, a feat he would share with World No. 1 Rory McIlroy as the only players to win on the PGA Tour this year in back-to-back starts. Additionally, Gainey could become the first player to ever win two events in the same Fall Series season since its inception in 2007. With a wraparound schedule looming next year that will end the Fall Series in its current form, such a feat would remain unchallenged by default.

• Should Beljan go on to win this week, he will reverse a recent trend working against those who have led this event at the halfway point. In the last eight years, no 36-hole leader has ultimately won at Disney; the last player to pose for pictures with Mickey Mouse on Sunday after leading Friday night was Vijay Singh in 2003. Last year, Justin Leonard led after both the second and third rounds, only to fall victim to a Sunday surge from eventual champion Luke Donald.

• Mark Anderson's 5-under 67 on the Magnolia Course Friday was his lowest round on Tour since February, and the 26-year-old now finds himself three shots off the lead thanks to some unusually sound ball striking. Despite ranking 136th on Tour this year in GIR percentage, Anderson currently leads the field in the category through two rounds. After a season of hitting on average 63.5 percent of the greens in regulation, he has reached 30/36 in regulation thus far this week for an 83.3 percent clip.

• Ryuji Imada is one of only a handful of players this week to score lower on the Magnolia Course than the Palm Course, as his 6-under 66 Friday on Magnolia was the lowest round recorded so far this week on the harder of the two courses. A resident of nearby Tampa, Imada has ridden a hot putter to within three shots of the 36-hole lead, as he hit only 12/18 greens in regulation Friday but needed just 24 putts to complete his round. Entering Saturday's third round, the University of Georgia alum is second in the field in putts per round.

• This week's tournament is yet another example of the toll that the 'bubble mentality' can take on even the best players in the game. Entering the season's final official event, Rod Pampling, Billy Mayfair, Trevor Immelman and Gary Christian were Nos. 124-127 on the 2012 money list – collectively occupying the line of demarcation between fully-exempt status for next season and its less-than-ideal alternative. After 36 holes, all four were slamming their trunks after missing the cut, including Mayfair who three-putted from 30 feet on his final hole Friday to miss the cut by a single stroke.