Ailing golfer shoots -8, takes lead, then whisked to hospital
Associated Press / 11-10-12
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Charlie Beljan was worried about keeping his PGA Tour card when he showed up at Disney for the final tournament of the year. That changed Friday over five frightening hours when he felt a shortness of breath and his heart racing, and eventually told his caddie that he thought he was going to die.
His chest heaved. He called for paramedics at the turn and was told his blood pressure was not good. He sat in the middle of the fairway to rest and kneeled on the green to try to steady himself.
In one of the most remarkable rounds of the year, the 28-year-old rookie fought through it for an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead.
Moments after signing his card, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher. His eyes were closed, his head tilted back -- still wearing his visor -- and his arms were folded across his stomach as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance parked beyond the 18th green at the Palm Course.