Charlie Beljan - November 13, 2012


When asked how he was feeling, Beljan said that he was running on adrenaline and that he had not had much sleep since Sunday. He has been watching footage of the tournament and spending time with friends since he arrived home. In fact, a lot of his friends surprised him when he got back to Arizona at 1AM on Monday morning and he had a wonderful time with them.

Doctors took a lot of tests on Friday night and determined that nothing was physically wrong with him but that he probably had suffered a sustained panic attack. Throughout the second round, he and his caddie decided to keep playing and he knew that he would be able to get through the round despite all of the difficulty. Friday was actually one of the most difficult days of his life and he broke down after signing his scorecard because he worked so hard just to finish the round.

His family and friends were concerned but did not tell him to stop playing because they know that he is a high-strung person who can turn small problems into big problems. They knew that he would go through this panic attack and that he would calm down and they were right. Friday night was not comfortable but he felt good enough to compete although the doctors advised him not to play. Because this week was so significant to his career, there was no way that he was not going to at least try to play.

He felt good after playing the first round on the Magnolia Course on Thursday and felt good as he headed to the course but as he was walking to the practice range, he began to feel tightness in his chest and sought medical attention. He was certainly concerned but he believed that he could get through the round and the fact that he was able to is proof of how powerful the mind is and how powerful positive thinking is.

He hit an iron off the tee on the 18th hole on Sunday as he held the lead and took some deep breaths before hitting and Beljan said that he had been hitting driver all week and actually considered hitting three 7-irons before hitting a 3-iron off the tee. He knew that he had to play it safe and it was remarkable to see how many people were watching him on the 18th hole as he was heading towards his first PGA TOUR win. You do not get too many opportunities like this and it is an amazing feeling to be able to get the 54-hole lead and hold on to win.

On Wednesday, he is going to head to the doctor to have a full physical and feels that some of his spells of fainting and panic attacks have been a result of the stress of not only being a rookie on the PGA TOUR but also becoming a father. Next year will definitely be less stressful and he is looking forward to setting his schedule. He is particularly excited to be playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2013. He has played TPC Scottsdale on a number of occasions but he cannot wait to walk through the tunnel from the 15th green into the coliseum at the 16th tee. It is also nice to receive a refund of his Q-School application fee from the PGA TOUR.

Beljan added that he was very thankful and appreciative of the media coverage from last week at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic and it was extra special to win on Veteran’s Day because he is so appreciative of everything that the U.S. military does to protect our freedoms at home and abroad.