PGA golfer hospitalized after shooting 64
Charlie Beljan speaks with EMS personnel on the 17th hole during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the Disney Palm and Magnolia course on November 9, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
November 10th, 2012
03:36 AM ET

PGA golfer hospitalized after shooting 64

PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan was hospitalized Friday after shooting a 64 to take a three-shot lead in a PGA tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., according to, the tour’s web site.

Beljan was rushed to a hospital immediately after the round, complaining of breathing trouble, an increased heart rate and numbness in his arms, the tour said.

Beljan, 28, told the PGA Tour he expects to play in Saturday’s round at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

The golfer, who had his first child this fall, told his caddie, Rick Adcox, that he thought he was going to die during the round, according to the tour.

Beljan called for paramedics while warming up on the driving range before the round, then again after the ninth hole.

After signing his scorecard, he was taken on a stretcher and transported to Celebration Hospital near Orlando, the tour said. The hospital did not release his condition early Saturday.

Beljan’s best finish on the PGA Tour was tied for third at the Greenbrier Classic in July. He has made $527,528 this year playing in 21 tournaments.

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  1. Normal in NH

    New child, leading first tournament...sounds like anxiety attack and or esophageal spasms.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    panic attack , classic episode

    November 10, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Don't Like Darkies

    hard times.

    November 10, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jay_C

    He has had similar symptoms earlier this year at least twice. So I seriously doubt it's just anxiety. I'm sure that those factors didn't help his condition however.

    November 10, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Austin.rr

    Seriously CNN these headlines are so bogus. Hospitalized after "shooting a 64 "is a little different than your biline of "shooting 64,

    November 10, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      The headline said it was about a golfer. Were you really confused? Or just looking for something to complain to CNN about? Or perhaps you're just easily confused.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Roseanne Roseannadanna

    Hold on a minute...this guy shoots 64 people and they put him in the hospital!?!? They should take him to straight to not pass go, do not collect $200. I mean what's wrong with people today, you know. How many times did he have to reload? Where were the cops? This wouldn't have happened if more people where armed. Now some lawyer will probably claim he's he didn't know what he was doing or he had a bad childhood or just lost his's always something!! If it were me I'd...huh..what's that? He didn't shoot 64 people...he was playing golf and that was his score?.......Never mind

    November 10, 2012 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      This is my favorite rant of the day!! 🙂 LMFatAO

      November 10, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      cool... best parody I've read in a long time, thank you for the creativeness!

      November 10, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • MKR

      who let Palin out?!

      November 10, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Impeach

    What did he shoot on the back 9?

    November 10, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • MKR

      they impeached him – for doing his job really well, simply because they were bigots.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. cantilever

    don't be silly and pedantic. The key to the headline was 'golfer'; Golfer shoots 64 is standard golf-lingo.
    MY objection was that he's reported to have "had his first child." Women "have" children, not men.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Pedantic

      Simply suffering from the after-effects of childbirth. Happens often when guys have b.utthole babies.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • MKR

      amazing insight, dude. Men have children too... what did you dad refer to you as? baby monkey?

      November 10, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    Sounds more like a problem with his adrenal glands than a plain old panic attack.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tom Hunter

    Definitely a panic attack. Those things suck.

    November 10, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Portland tony

    A gold news report would not make the readers guess why he was hospitalized. He had a good round of golf and ........went to the hospital vowing to play in today's round! Certainly a physician could speculate (off the record) on a possible cause. I know if I had a round of 64 where I'd be and it wouldn't be a hospital!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anne

    Let me see if I understand this - Beljan called for paramedics THREE TIMES. Once while warming up. Then after the first 9 holes. And then after the last nine holes. Don't you think the first one was a clue? And the second one? Sounds to me like one really dumb animal ( gopher ).

    November 10, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ray

      And you put no value on the judgement of the paramedics who examined him THREE times?
      If he was really in trouble, don't you think they would have advised him (and his caddy) of that fact?

      November 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    Panic disorder is a real medical diagnosis given to people who have several in a year! This guy probably knew what was going on & had EMS on standby! I know when I'm having an attack & have learned how to ward it off by working thru it, instead of taking meds (which are necessary for many people)! This disorder is usually set off by overwhelming situations & stress! This dude is lucky to be stressed out due to having so much Joy in his life! The stress usually referred to is more "Sad Inducing" stress! But panic attack don't discriminate, I suppose!!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • BigSir

      Take Inderal.

      November 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      Having Panic disorder, and experiencing these attacks weekly I can relate to this man. It is no joke folks. The description of his issue is an exact replica of my first panic attack experienced at the exact same age. I have been living with panic disorder for over 20+ years and it is a constant battle similar to what an addict feels. My heart felt prayers go out to him.

      November 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |

      His symptoms could have been the result of a variety of things other than a panic attack. Pulmonary hypertension and all sorts of things can cause his symptoms. Even at his age I would have a full workup to check for cardiac, pulmonary, and autoimmune issues.

      November 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panic Disorder

      Definitely sounds like panic disorder. Emulates heart attack almost to the tee minus the crushing chest feeling. I have had it for years and exercise and heat can trigger it very easily. If you don't have it you will never understand how absolutely horrible it feels. It really feels like you are dying.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robert wetsel

    i would gladly have a heart attack for a round of 64!

    November 10, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. 1amazed1

    Hope he has a speedy recovery and gets back to the tournament.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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