By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The fist pump Charlie Beljan let out on the 18th hole was worthy of a victory. Turns out, Beljan’s finish at The McGladrey Classic on Sunday was a victory of sorts.
Beljan made a tricky 4-footer on the 72nd hole to close out a final-round 65 that could result in a top-10 finish, important because Beljan entered this week 150th on the money list.
His good play will move him into the top 140 on the money list and likely guarantee him conditional status on the PGA TOUR in 2013. The top 125 earn full exemptions while Nos. 126 to 150 get some status.
“That was big,” the 28-year-old Beljan said of his final putt. “The thing was, at The Greenbrier I tied for third and I missed a 5-footer on the last hole for like another 150-grand. So I had that on my mind. It’s just a 4-footer, just keep your head down and hit it in. And that thing went in and it was just relief.”
Beljan had missed five of his past seven cuts on TOUR since The Greenbrier Classic. He and wife Merisa also recently welcomed their first child into the world on Sept. 12, a baby boy named Graham.
Now Beljan can take a deep breath before he tees it up at the season’s final event, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic near Disney World in early November.
“Extremely happy. I couldn’t be happier,” Beljan said. “I hit it wonderful. I just haven’t made anything. There was a lot on my mind.
“With my finish today, I’m going to Disney with the 125 in the back of my mind. It’s a wonderful thing.”
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