Now that Day 2 of the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is in the books, we head into the weekend with a much better idea of who'll be in contention for the final title of the 2012 PGA season.
Going into Round 3, the field is tight, with nine golfers within four shots of American Charlie Beljan, who has a tournament-leading -12 score after shooting an extremely impressive -8 during the second round on Friday.
After Beljan are Japan's Ryuji Imada, Australia's Matt Jones, South Korean Charlie Wi, Swede Henrik Stenson and a trio of Americans in Charlie Howell III, Mark Anderson and Harris English, who all sit three back of the leader after two rounds.
Wi struggled mightily on Friday after a strong showing in the opening round Thursday, but at -9 heading into Round 3, he still has a shot at taking home the title on Sunday, and earn himself an invitation to the 2013 Master's in the process.
Looking ahead, though Beljan has a reasonably comfortable lead, given the amount of players hot on his tail going into the weekend.
At this point, there are 29 golfers within six shots of Beljan, so the field is relatively wide open, and if he falters in either of the two remaining rounds, someone else will seize the moment and earn themselves a big win going into the off-season.
That being said, Beljan may not play at all this weekend, as the leader had a scary moment on Friday, and left the course on a stretcher, according to USA Today.
Moments after signing his card, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance that took him to hospital.
"I think he was scared," said his caddie, Rick Adcox. "He kept saying he thought he was going to die. He just had that feeling. I don't know why. But it was spooky."
As of now, his status for the weekend is uncertain, but hopefully, Beljan can continue his magical tournament on Saturday, if he's feeling up to it.
Colt Knost @ColtKnost
Scary stuff going on with Charlie Beljan. Hope he's ok!11/9/2012, 10:39:30 PM
After learning of what had happened to Beljan, members of the PGA Tour took to Twitter to express their support for the American leader.
Tommy Gainey @TwoGlovesGolf
Prayers out to Charlie Beljan! Hope he's going to be okay.11/9/2012, 11:32:07 PM
LEADERBOARD through Round 2 (for full leaders, check out PGATour.com)
|T2||Charles Howell III||68||67||-||-5||F||-9||135|
|T9||Miguel Angel Carballo||71||65||-||-7||F||-8||136|
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