Ailing Beljan leads by 3 at Disney World

2:42 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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Lake Buena Vista, FL (Sports Network) - Charlie Beljan played through a health scare on Friday and somehow fired an 8-under 64, which gave him a 3-stroke lead after two rounds of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Beljan finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 132 after his second-best round of his tour career.

In many aspects, this may have been the best round of his life though. Beljan battled an elevated heart rate and shortness of breath that actually started on the driving range before the round. He received medical attention throughout the round.

Several times in the latter part of the round, Beljan either went down to a knee or sat on the ground to try to catch his breath.

What makes the situation even tougher for Beljan is that he stands 139th on the money list and this is the last event of the year. Only the top 125 on the money list will retain their PGA Tour cards for next year.

As he walked to the scoring area, Beljan was seen on television breaking down into tears. After signing his scorecard, he received more medical attention and was eventually taken from the course in an ambulance.

Matt Jones matched Beljan's 64 on the Palm Course at Walt Disney World Resort, Jones moved into a tie for second place at minus-9. He stands alongside Charles Howell III and Henrik Stenson, who both had 67 on the Palm, as well as Ryuji Imada (66), first-round leader Charlie Wi (71), Mark D. Anderson (67) and Harris English (67).

Imada, Wi, Anderson and English played their second rounds on the Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World Resort.

Camilo Villegas, who stands 150th on the money list, posted a 1-under 71 and is among 10 players tied for ninth at 8-under-par 137.

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