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PGA Tour player shoots 64 while fearing he might die

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Charlie Beljan had trouble breathing before he teed off, called for paramedics when he made the turn and even told his caddie at one point Friday that he thought he might die. With his job on the line at Disney, he kept right on playing until he had a remarkable 8-under 64 to build a three-shot lead going into the weekend.

The next question is if Beljan can even play on the weekend.

Moments after signing his card, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance that took him to a hospital. His agent later said Beljan was feeling better, but his playing status was uncertain.

"I think he was scared," said his caddie, Rick Adcox. "He kept saying he thought he was going to die... I don't know why. But it was spooky."

Beljan, a rookie on the PGA Tour, is No. 139 on the money list. Disney is the final event of the year, and only the top 125 are assured of keeping their full cards for next year. Beljan likely would need to finish around 10th to keep his card.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 10, 2012 C4

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