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. june

    Sounds like hyperventilation to me.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Sounds like the poor guy had a panic attack.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • buffiesguy

      Classic signals of hyperventilation – U R likely correct w/UR speculation.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gary

    Too many Big Macs?

    November 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffrey Roem

    I like pepperoni pizza. While taking bubble baths with my rubber ducky little mister.

    November 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Romelle

    wow, ....stops and thinks..... so glad nobody else got injured

    November 11, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lindalou

    Sounds like he's still hospitalized..please keep us posted as to the cause. I'm not a golfer, but I knew what the headline meant. Sorry to the few readers who were disappointed that 64 people weren't shot.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    I would simply die if I could shoot a 64. Best wishes in with the recovery.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • needNewGov

      So true. So true.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. oz

    This guy is too young for angina/heart attack. Most likely a panic attack.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      That would not be a panic attack with those symtoms – that was a – precursor to a big heart attack – that will take his life if he doesn't get that sorted...

      November 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    Shooting "a" 64 would have been so much better

    November 11, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Argle Bargle

    Golfers are like Clowns...things to pity, things to loathe, things to fear.
    Plus, they share the same clothes.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Argle Bargle

    Well, heck...if I shot a 64, I'd probably feel faint, too!

    November 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Harry

    Can you say amphetamines?

    November 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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  12. mannydanny34

    This guy called for the paramedics while WARMING UP? And then again MID-ROUND? And then FINISHED the 18 holes?? Sounds like he way toying with a heart attack \ panic attack the entire time. Questionable judgement, even if he DID shoot a 64. What about his family??

    November 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      Umm as you stated, he did call the paramedics, who as far as I can tell, have more medical training than you do and actually examined the patient.

      It's not like he was just ignorantly hiding what he was doing.
      In another perspective, he'd be complimented for having grit and determination...
      If you live in a world of fear and caution you'll never do anything great.

      November 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred Bleibtreu

    Ok, obvious, from my keyboard location, this is dehydration. Increased heart rate (tachycardia)=rapid respiration (Tachypnea) = numbness in extremities (Carpal pedal spasm) = drink more water... Once cardiac is ruled out in field.. Of course always consider, as mentioned, a psych issue.. Lastly, it can be a bit traumatic to SHOOT 64 PEOPLE WHILE PLAYING GOLF...

    November 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • FedUpWithComCrap

      I'd yhave a cardiac episode if I broke 128... Grats to his great score!

      I only hope they were all bad guys.

      November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay Leonhart

    He took The Beatles "When I'm 64" to seriously.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jay Leonhart

    too seriously

    November 12, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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