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Leader Beljan is back on the course after a health scare

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Charlie Beljan is back on the course today at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic after spending the night at an Orlando-area hospital.

Beljan shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot overnight lead at the tournament, but he did so while battling shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pains, an increased heart rate and high blood pressure. His caddie, Rick Adcox, said Beljan also cited numbness in his arms.

Beljan was followed by medics on the back nine, and on several occasions went to the ground between shots to catch his breath. After signing his score card, he was attended to by medics and wheeled out on a stretcher into an ambulance.

Despite only an hour of sleep and doctors orders not to play, Beljan is on the Magnolia Course in Round 3. Beljan is currently ranked 139th on the money list, meaning he needs a good finish this week to finish in the top 125 of the money list, which would secure his PGA Tour Card for 2013.

After several tests, including blood work and a CAT scan, doctors were unable to find anything wrong with Beljan. He said that he had less severe episodes in recent weeks, and believes he may have suffered an anxiety attack.

”I’m still not feeling that great, but shoot, the position I’m in, it’s kind of hard not to show up,” Beljan said. “We’ll give it a whirl, give it our best shot.”

Beljan earned his PGA Tour in 2012 at Q-School last year. He made just eight cuts in 21 starts. His best finish came this year at The Greenbrier Classic, where he shot 14-under to finish tied for third.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson testing Callaway’s mini driver

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There is some serious equipment testing going on at Pinehurst’s legendary No. 2 course before the 2024 U.S. Open starts! We spotted renowned club tinkerer Phil Mickelson on the range with a new setup. He was testing out the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver with a new Mitsubishi Diamana BB (Blue Board) shaft.

Phil has long been a mini driver/2-wood/strong 3-wood guy, as he was the inspiration for the Callaway “Phranken Wood” about 10 years ago. For many pros, adding a strong 3-wood or mini driver allows them to turn it over easier and add a more consistent draw to their bag off the tee without losing too much distance.

Mitsubishi’s Diamana BB is the newest mid-launch shaft in the Diamana line. The “BB” on the shaft of course references the iconic Blue Board shafts from 20 years ago and this model will have a similar smooth feel.

 

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Photos from the 2024 U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the third major of the season: the U.S. Open at historic Pinehurst No. 2.

Qualifier WITBs are the stars the the show so far — along with in-hand looks at what Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau are playing.

Check back throughout the week as we continue to add more galleries.  

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See what GolfWRXers are saying about the photos from the U.S. Open in the forums. 

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Why Wyndham Clark is playing a brand-new driver and an old putter this week

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article originally filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report by our Andrew Tursky. Read the full piece here. 

At the top end of the bag, Clark is set to change into Titleist’s new GT2 driver during the first week it’s being made available to PGA TOUR players. On Monday, Titleist officially unveiled its new lineup of GT drivers and fairway woods, and Clark plans to become one of the early adopters of the new technology as competition begins on Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Interestingly, Clark was relatively late to make a permanent switch into the company’s previous TSR3 driver. Although the TSR drivers first launched in 2022, Clark was back-and-forth with the 2020 TSi3 driver and the 2022 TSR3 driver until the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2024.

On Wednesday, GolfWRX.com caught up with Clark to get his take on the new GT2 driver, and why he’s switching so quickly.

“It’s faster (than my previous TSR3),” Clark said. “I felt like I got 2-3 mph more ball speed, which is amazing. And it has really consistent spin, which is obviously huge for what we do out here.”

…On the bottom end of the bag, Clark will likely play his first event since 2023 without an Odyssey Jailbird putter in the bag.

In case you forgot, Clark and Rickie Fowler were the trendsetters who brought the 2014 Odyssey Versa Jailbird back to the forefront of the golf market in 2023. Clark then switched into the upgraded Odyssey Ai Jailbird during the week of his win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

This week, however, Clark is going back in time, switching into a PXG prototype mallet that he used in 2022.

Read the full piece at PGATour.com

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