Charlie Beljan walks away with a PGA Tour victory | Golf
Charlie Beljan, who left the course in an ambulance after Friday's second round, posted his first PGA Tour victory Sunday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Charlie Beljan felt as if his heart was about to burst out of his chest Sunday at Disney — and he couldn't have felt better.
This wasn't another panic attack gone wild, such as the one that sent him to the hospital in an ambulance Friday after the second round and made him feel as if he was going to die. This was the prospect of winning on the PGA Tour for the first time.
The roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom can't compare to what Beljan went through in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the final PGA Tour event of the year.
Two days after he was wheeled from the scoring room on a stretcher, the 28-year-old rookie was celebrating a two-stroke victory on the 18th green. He arrived at the tournament with his job in jeopardy and left with a two-year exemption. He can make plans for the 2013 Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, for events hosted by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
"I don't know what other perks come with winning, but I know every single one of them is pretty darn good," Beljan said.
Beljan, who woke up Sunday with a throbbing headache and queasy stomach, closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a 16-under 272 total. He earned $846,000.
Robert Garrigus and Matt Every each closed with a 68 and tied for second.
The top 125 players on the PGA Tour earnings list keep their Tour cards for next year. The victory lifted Beljan from 139th place to 63rd.
Tim Herron (69) tied for ninth place at 11 under, good enough to end the season 124th in earnings. Beljan and Herron bumped Rod Pampling and Billy Mayfair from the top 125.
Kerr wins, Lewis
gets LPGA award
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — American Cristie Kerr won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her first LPGA Tour victory since June 2010 and Stacy Lewis tied for fourth place to secure the player-of-the-year award.
Kerr (3-under 69) had a 16-under total and made $200,000 for a one-stroke victory over American Angela Stanford (68) and South Korean Inbee Park (72).
The 27-year-old Lewis (68) is the first American to be player of the year on the LPGA Tour since Beth Daniel in 1994.
• Italian Matteo Manassero, 19, made a 12-foot eagle putt to beat South African Louis Oosthuizen on the third playoff hole, win the Singapore Open and earn $1 million.
Manassero, who closed with a 2-under 69, and Oosthuizen (67) finished 72 holes at 13-under 271.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (65) was third at 10 under and clinched the European Tour money title with one event left. He becomes the second golfer, after Englishman Luke Donald last year, to win both the PGA Tour and European money titles in the same season.