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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Winston Justice Jersey . —Charlie Beljan
was in a hospital bed in the middle of the night, still wearing his golf shoes,
thinking his season was over. He was about six hours from his tee time Saturday
at Disney. Just 12 hours earlier, he was having a panic attack on the golf
course so severe that he could barely breathe, his blood pressure spiked and his
arms felt numb. After signing his card, he was strapped into a stretcher, loaded
into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. “I thought I literally had a chance
to die,” Beljan said. In a turnaround that even by Disneys standards seems like
a fairy tale, the 28-year-old rookie now has a chance to win his first PGA Tour
title. Beljan was released from the hospital, overcame two early bogeys and was
solid over the final hour in the Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals Classic for
a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round. “I
honestly didnt know if I was going to play one hole, any holes or was I going to
get through the day,” Beljan said. “I felt good, better as the day went on, and
I just hung tough, hung in there. I knew what the rewards were at the end of the
week if I could pull something off, and thats kind of what kept me going.” The
rewards were ample. This is the final PGA Tour event of the year, and Beljan is
No. 139 on the money list. Only the top 125 get full cards for next year.
Doctors told him he was in good enough health to be released, but perhaps not to
play golf. He ignored their recommendations. “The position Im in, its kind of
hard not to show up,” he said before teeing off. Beljan had a pair of three-putt
bogeys that cost him his three-shot lead after three holes, and felt some
tightening in his chest as he approached the turn, the same symptoms that caused
much fear Friday. But he steadied himself, began the back nine with back-to-back
birdies, and kept in front. He was at 13-under 203, two shots ahead of Brian Gay
(67), Josh Teater (67) and Charlie Wi, who was tied for the lead until closing
with two bogeys for a 70. “Its nice to be able to walk around and smile,” Beljan
said. “Yesterday, I was hanging on for my life.” When last seen at Disney,
Beljan was gasping to draw a big breath and sitting in the fairway to wait his
turn to hit. Paramedics followed him around the back nine after taking his blood
pressure on the 10th tee. After signing for a 64, Beljan emerged from the
scoring room strapped into a stretcher and was loaded into an ambulance. For
most of the night, he felt 99 per cent sure he wouldnt be playing. But with the
comfort of knowing that he was physically fine, he went back to his hotel for a
shower, breakfast and headed to the golf course. Despite being nervous that
another episode could strike again, he was steady for so much of the day. Now
comes the hard work. Beljans wife, 7-week-old son and mother-in-law were flying
in from Phoenix for the final round. He has long dreamed of how cool it would be
to have his family come onto the green to celebrate his first PGA Tour win. But
theres a long way to go. Beljans three-shot lead was gone before he stepped onto
the fourth tee in the third round. He will start Sunday with 11 players
separated by three shots. That includes Sea Island winner Tommy Gainey and
Camilo Villegas, winless in four years, along with Robert Garrigus, who won at
Disney two years ago. The group at 205 included Vaughn Taylor, who like Beljan
is making a last-ditch effort to keep his card. Beljan was simply thrilled to be
playing. “I think the big advantage for me is Im not thinking about the golf or
the putts or the chips or the shots or the swings,” said Beljan, who didnt even
realize he was in the lead until about 10:30 p.m. Friday at the hospital. “Im
just thinking about my health, one shot at a time, one hole at a time. And
shoot, the last 36 holes its worked out pretty well.” Beljan showed off his
power on the opening hole when he was behind a tree 183 yards from the hole. He
hit a pitching wedge straight up and over the tree, with enough on it to reach
the green. He three-putted from 50 feet, however, and then dropped another shot
on the par-3 third with a three-putt from about 25 feet on the fringe. His only
other bogey came from a bunker on the 12th. Several players made a run at him—
Wi, Gainey among them—and Charles Howell III was right in the mix. Howell was
one shot out of the lead until driving into the water on the 17th to make triple
bogey, and then making bogey on the last hole to finish five shots behind.
Beljan said a variety of tests showed nothing was wrong with him. “Physically,
everything is wonderful,” he said. “Its that little space between those ears
that Ive got to work on.” This all started about three months ago when he
fainted on a flight home from the Reno-Tahoe Open as he was going to the
bathroom. Since then, Beljan said he has had a half-dozen panic attacks, usually
in controlled environments when he can settle himself down. This one came on a
golf course, and it spiraled out of control on Friday. When he showed up at the
course, he felt nervous and a little embarrassed about Fridays afternoons
episodes. But he doesnt mind the travails if it means a chance to win a
tournament, or even keep his job for next year. Even if he doesnt win, Beljan
would need to finish around 10th to move into the top 125. Besides, it would be
a fitting way for a wild year to end. After getting his card at Q-school last
year, he had hand surgery before starting the season. He found out at the Sony
Open that he was going to be a father. He was married in March. He played poorly
all year except for one week at the Greenbrier. His baby was born at the end of
the FedEx Cup season. He fainted on the plane. He at least secured a spot inside
the top 150, only to realize that wont mean as much next year because of a
shorter season. “Its been a long, exciting, hectic, crazy, stressful year,” he
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Vancouver, B. KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Michael Youngs is able to handle his
lower-than-usual stats this season because the numbers he cares most about are
wins. Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff triple in the 10th inning and scored on Youngs
single to lift the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Thursday
night. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to
help the AL West leaders overcome a 3-0 deficit. “Knocking in runs leads to
wins,” said Young, a seven-time All-Star who is hitting .269, 35 points below
his career average entering this season. “Thats the only stat I care about is
racking up wins. I dont care about the numbers that are in the past. Those games
are done. Theyre as much in the past as numbers I put up 10 years ago, theyre in
the past. Im always focused on the next game and the next opportunity.” The
Rangers (82-55) moved a season-high 27 games above .500 and own the best record
in franchise history after 137 games. They won their sixth straight series and
upped their division lead to 5 1/2 games over idle Oakland. With Kinsler on
third base and no outs, Young was looking for a pitch to lift. “Im trying to
stay in the middle of the field, stay as short and quick as I possibly can and
get something up in the zone that I can hit on a line or higher,” Young said.
“The last thing you want to do is hit a ground ball right there, just try to get
something up and use the whole field.” Young had hit just .222 in his previous
22 games, but Rangers manager Ron Washington remained in his corner even after
the promotion of 19-year-old phenom Jurickson Profar, who homered in his first
big league at-bat Sunday but did not play in the four games at Kansas City.
“Michael has been grinding all year,” Washington said. “Theres no change in him.
The only thing is things are working now. I believe in Michael Young and Im
going to play Michael Young. You dont get over 2,000 hits and not be able to
hit. Hes done a lot of things in 10 years. Im on his ship.” Mike Adams (4-3)
allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 31
tries, converting his 28th consecutive opportunity since a blown save on April
11. It was the right-handers 39th career save against Kansas City. Greg Holland
(6-4) took the loss. Royals starter Luke Hochevar took a 3-0 lead into the
fourth and retired his first 10 batters before Youngs single. Four pitches later
the score was tied after Hamilton and Beltre hit consecutive home runs for the
fourth time this season and second on this road trip. Hamilton leads the majors
with 39 homers and is tied with Detroits Miguel Cabrera for the RBI lead with
116. Beltre, who has 30 home runs, has been the hottest hitter in the majors
over the past 17 games with 11 homers, 21 RBIs, 16 runs and a .435 batting
averrage. Pat Angerer Womens Jersey. “You cant make
mistakes against them,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “They do a lot of damage
with home runs. Theyre geared for it. Its the way they are built, for quick
strikes. “Luke got a pitch up to Hamilton, but he made a pretty good pitch to
Beltre. Hes so hot now hes spanking everything.” Hochevar, who is 0-4 with a
5.74 ERA in seven starts since a July 31 victory, was pulled with one out in the
seventh when the Rangers went ahead 4-3. Geovany Sotos double knocked in
David Murphy, who had singled. Kelvin Herrera replaced Hochevar and on the next
pitch induced Craig Gentry to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Scott Feldman, who is 0-5 in his past six starts, left with a 4-3 lead, but the
Texas bullpen failed to hold it for even one batter. After Feldman retired the
leadoff hitter in the seventh, Washington summoned left-hander Michael Kirkman
to face Eric Hosmer, who homered on a 3-1 pitch. “I made a little adjustment,”
Feldman said after the third inning. “Getting those three runs back was huge and
from there basically just throwing to Geos (catcher Geovany Soto) glove and
trying to make pitches. Were capable of striking back pretty quickly like you
saw tonight.” Jeff Francoeur, who entered batting just .128 with no extra-base
hits and one RBI in 14 games, homered in the second inning off Feldman.
Alex Gordon stroked a run-scoring triple in the third and scored on
Salvador Perezs single. Perez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching
his career best. The Royals stole three bases without a throw, including two
swipes of third by Lorenzo Cain. Rangers opponents have stolen 24 consecutive
bases without being caught since Aug. 6. On the flip side, Perez picked off
Gentry at first base, his second pickoff of the series and fourth this season—
a Royals record. NOTES: OF David Lough, who had started four of five games since
the Royals called him up on Sept. 1, was not in the lineup due to a mild right
hamstring strain. Lough was injured running to first base in the ninth inning
Wednesday. ... Rangers LHP Derek Holland (10-6) will try to win his fourth
straight start Friday night at Tampa Bay. ... The Royals, who swept the White
Sox in a three-game series last month at Kauffman Stadium, will open a six-game
trip Friday at Chicago with RHP Luis Mendoza on the mound. ... Texas C
Mike Napoli, on the DL with a strained left quadriceps, ran the bases before the
game. Washington acknowledged Napoli did not feel “comfortable” afterward. “Its
not a setback,” Washington said. “Weve just got to get him past running the
bases, thats all. Were just going slow.” ... Rangers LHP Robbie Ross, on the DL
with a strained foreman, rejoined the team and has been cleared to throw. ’ ’ ’ 

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