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Beljan’s magical win at Disney

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There were times over the course of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic that Charlie Beljan looked like he would need a miracle in order to finish, let alone win the tournament.

On Friday, the PGA Tour rookie looked on the verge of fainting as he labored around the golf course under the watchful eye of Tour paramedics, whom he summoned multiple times during his round.

The trouble for Beljan began on the practice range Friday when he began experiencing a pronounced shortness of breath. In an incredible display of grit, determination and desire, Beljan made it around the Palm Course in an 8-under 64.

Though not on nearly so grand a stage, Beljan’s performance Friday was reminiscent of Tiger Woods’ exhibition of tenacity and will-power as he battled though a severely damaged left leg at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2007.

Taken unceremoniously from the scorer’s tent to the hospital by stretcher, Beljan spent Friday the night under observation—reportedly with golf shoes on— as doctors ran multiple tests. They determined that nothing was medically wrong with him, but advised Beljan against continuing play in the tournament.

Beljan said there was too much at stake for him to quit. He entered the event in the 139th position on the PGA Tour money list, and needed to move into the top 125 in order to secure his PGA Tour card for 2013. He blamed his agonizing episode on a prolonged and nearly debilitating panic attack, the most severe of the attacks that he said he had been battling in recent weeks.

Beljan said he felt like he was on the verge of death in an interview after the third round. But the day after his sleepless night in a hospital bed, Beljan posted a 1-under 71 Saturday to maintain his lead. The task ahead of him on Sunday remained daunting, however. He was attempting to win his first PGA Tour event.

Beljan made it to the back nine with a four shot lead over Charlie Wi, and finished the day two shots ahead of Matt Every and Robert Garrigus to claim his first title on Tour. In doing so, he moved to the 69th position on the money list, securing his tour card for the next two years.

Miraculous? No. But magical? Certainly.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Valero Texas Open

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In yesterday’s edition of “Interesting Photos” from the Valero Texas Open, we brought you giant cowboy boots. Unfortunately, we don’t have any further gargantuan footwear for your perusal today.

We do, however, have some singular sightings and cool in-hand shots as the gents prepare to take on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Check ’em out below.

Gotta love Chris Stroud’s “Houston Strong” stamping

New Bettinardi putter-covering devices

Fourteen’s new woods feature some seriously shallow faces

Better put that club on ice!

Watch where you’re putting that thing! Probably not a good time to mention this looks like a drill to avoid rocking toward the ball (aka humping it) during the swing…

Some pretty sweet Circle T bag tags. Is the bag for tour use only, or just the tag? Hmm.

Trying the old backwards shot, it looks like

Geoff Ogilvy’s drool-worthy early run Scotty Cameron Napa

Fine-looking Piretti sole

And finally, “Flow Goals: Kevin Na Edition”

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