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. Casey Collins

    Wow! I hope it wasn't a heart attack. God Bless.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. us_1776

    He had a panic attack.

    And it can scare you if you've never had one in your life before.


    November 10, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tim

    I hope he's okay. Personally, I'd have a seizure if I ever shot a 64.

    November 10, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    There's this little thing called context. Besides, I'd think there would have been a lot more headlines all over the place if ANYONE had shot 64 people, let alone a PGA golfer.

    November 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      64 is a very good score, but fairly common actually. It would not make major news headlines unless it was maybe in a "major" tournament.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    Agree. Some of us only look to one source .

    November 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abmri60

    Hope it isn't too serious, he is way too young, with a good golf career ahead of him.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    He should have to record a one stroke penalty

    November 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 3fingeredjack

    What about the 64 he shot?? Were they hospitalized???? Great clarity in the headline CNN. A mass shooting and you talk about teh one who did the shooting....... (Yeah I KNOW they were talking about his score )

    November 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Twirtzy

      It's very clear to anybody with even half a brain.

      November 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jimminn

    I have had alot of panic attacks. No need to go to hospital waste of time. Just breathe deeply and exhale slowly . I used to breathe into a paper bag also.

    November 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Suzy

    I clicked the headline expecting something entirely different.

    November 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    he shot 64? where there any survivors?

    November 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barbara

    Anxiety , panic attacks are terribly frightening. A steady practice of Zen meditation, with slow and controlled breathing, may just help some people reduce the number or severity of these attacks. Best of good fortune to all who suffer.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Send Them A Nuke

    This was a misleading headline. I expected there to be 64 victims. Not a another boring golfing story.

    November 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      You're joking? The golfer shot 64, how else are they supposed to word it? Okay, you must not golf, but if 64 PEOPLE had been shot, don't you think it would have been CNN's headline and be all over the news?! You're funny. actually sad that your mind goes towards violence and that this wouldn't be all over the TV if 64 people had been shot! Duh.

      November 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      Very funny!

      November 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I agree, knowing nothing about golf and seeing a headline worded like others about shootings, I also expected a horrible story.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Peggy Munro

      As did I.

      November 11, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkInChiTown

      God give me strength!!!... Clearly the gene pool is pretty shallow in some parts of the country!...

      November 11, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • needNewGov

      You are the funniest.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • 2012

      Pretty pompous response for a headline that actually says the words "shooting" and "hospitalized". Regardless of whether you understand golf or not, it's a bit loaded, but without knowing golf terms it's just ridiculous. Some people really, actually, truly, don't like golf and never ever watch it or pay attention to it. Hard to believe, I know, but it's true.

      I could write a headline that says, "Man Shoots with Shotgun and Pistol Grip and Has Battles with a Zeppelin Bombing C47s."

      Would you immediately think, "ah yes, they are talking about someone in a film crew having an issue with his sound equipment", or would you say, "oh no, some kind of war is going on"?

      November 11, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • T.M.

      Jay, how else are they supposed to word it? Exactly like they did in the first paragraph. "after shooting a 64"

      All they needed to do was put that one little indefinite article in there. The headline was misleading, and more likely than not it was intentional. Why else would someone click on a story about golf?

      November 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Betsey

      Best reply of the day!

      November 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMM

      Legitimate complaint. People don't end up in the hospital "playing golf". I was tricked into clicking on this link – no pun intended.

      November 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carl Spackler

    – Check me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key...
    – Gophers, ya great git! The gophers! The little brown furry rodents!

    November 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alpha

      It still makes me smile and chuckle after all these years.

      " License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit – ever. They're like the Viet Cong – Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote."

      " This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff. "

      November 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheNumber

      Thanks, Carl. I needed that one today.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffiesguy

      Carl the Assistant Greenskeeper – one of the greatest characters in one of the most classic, off-beat films of all time.

      "The Pool or the Pond!"

      November 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    Felt like he was going to "die" during the round and still shot a 64!

    November 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
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