Children's Miracle Network Classic 2012: Day 4 Leaderboard Recap and Highlights

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 11, 2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 10:  Charlie Beljan acknowledges the crowd on the 15th hole during the third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the Disney Magnolia course on November 10, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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In a sport where the battle of nerves often dictates the victor, what Charlie Beljan did this week at the Children's Miracle Network Classic is simply stunning. 

The 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie picked up the first win of career by finishing at 16-under to pick up a two-stroke victory over two golfers. 

After making his final putt to secure the victory, Beljan hugged his wife and held up his newborn baby before giving an emotional interview, and he had plenty of reasons to be emotional. 

This came just two days after Beljan left the same course via a stretcher and ambulance for a trip to the hospital after experiencing, among other things, shortness of breath and chest tightness during and after his round on Friday. 

As the Orlando Sentinel's Jeff Shain reports, Beljan "now thinks it might have been an anxiety attack."

Shain also adds, "If Disney didn’t happen to be the PGA Tour’s season finale, Beljan acknowledged, he likely would have withdrawn after Friday’s episode that left him frequently sitting on his bag and getting checked out by medics."

So here is a guy who was dealing with anxiety, looking for his first tournament win and sitting at No. 139 on the money list, which means he needed a big performance to move into the top 125 and secure full time playing status for next year. It's no wonder he was having anxiety problems!

And in the face of this the guy goes out and calmly drills birdie putts like this one from No. 12. 

Beljan started this tournament at No. 139 on the money list. He is now 63rd.

What a performance, and Beljan has now earned a well-deserved full-time playing status for next year. 

This storyline, the money list, is the prevailing theme for this tournament. This is the last chance for these guys to get in the top 125, and the importance of that is impossible to overstate. 

Check out the final leaderboard and money list and then we'll highlight some of the guys whose card was riding on this tournament. 


Final Leaderboard

Place Player Score

Charlie Beljan

T2 Matt Every -14
T2 Robert Garrigus -14
4 Brian Gay -13
T5 Boo Weekley -12
T5 Scott Stallings -12
T5 Charlie Wi -12
T5 Josh Teater -12
T9 Jerry Kelly -11
T9 Joey Snyder III -11
T9 Russell Knox -11
T9 Mark Anderson -11
T9 Tom Gillis -11
T9 Tim Herron -11

Check out the full leaderboard here as well as the money list

Tim Herron

Herron began this tournament at No. 136 on the money list, and after going just three-under over the first two rounds, it didn't look like he was going to make the plunge into the top 125. 

Herron wasn't going to have it. He fired a 67 on Saturday and a 69 on Sunday to finish at 11-under and No. 124 on the money list. 

It was putting like this on the par-5 14th that helped him seal the deal. 


Jerry Kelly 

PGA veteran Kelly began this tournament at No. 137 on the money list, and he faced a huge climb on Sunday if he wanted to retain his full-time status. He was just five-under through the first three rounds. 

He played brilliantly on Sunday, firing off one of the best rounds of the day with a six-under 66. 

Unfortunately for Kelly, he came up just short and finished at No. 126, and it was close, but his narrow miss is the next player's gain. 


Kevin Chappell

At No. 123 on the money list entering this tournament, Chappell needed a solid showing. The pressure seemed to get to him as he faltered as the tournament wore on. He fired an even-72 on Saturday and a one-over 73 on Sunday to finish at seven-under. 

This skirted him in at No. 125. 


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