Beljan wins Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
Following a final-round 69, Charlie Beljan reflects on his win at the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic with Dennis Paulson from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
With the 2012 PGA TOUR season now complete, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Monday’s question: What was the most impressive performance in 2012?
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• I walked inside the ropes for Rory McIlroy’s final round of the PGA Championship and it was as impressive a performance as I have ever seen in golf. He was in total command of his game and it reminded me a lot of some of the record-setting performances Tiger Woods has had through the years. — Brian Wacker, Producer
• When he had to have it, Brandt Snedeker delivered his best. Finishes of second and sixth in the first two playoff events locked up his first Ryder Cup berth. With that career goal secured, he reached another two weeks later, winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup. — John Swantek, host, On the Tee
• McIlroy. His performance at the PGA Championship was spectacular. It seemed as if he was playing a completely different golf course than the rest of the field. He left his competition in the dust, winning by eight shots and breaking the PGA record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. — Bill Cooney, Producer
• The European Ryder Cup’s Sunday surge was phenomenal. Ian Poulter gave his teammates the momentum on Saturday afternoon and the Euros ran with it — matching the largest comeback in history to retain the Cup. — Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
• Rory McIlroy didn’t get the memo that Kiawah Island was supposed to be Dye-abolical for the PGA Championship. — John Schwarb, Producer
• Does my gaining only five pounds after a week of eating in New Orleans count? Well, maybe Rory McIlroy’s play at the PGA was more impressive. He dusted the field by eight shots finishing 13 under. In the final round the Ulsterman was bogey-free, going out in 33 and coming home in 33 to bury the competition. — Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
• Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke win at the PGA Championship. Largest margin of victory this year. — Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
• Bubba Watson’s focus down the stretch at Augusta National. For all the moving parts in his swing, Bubba has shown that he’s a rock under pressure. We all know he’s an emotional guy — but only after the final putt drops. — Ryan Smithson, Producer
• Brandt Snedeker at East Lake. Always a factor in the Playoffs, Snedeker broke through in a big way, winning at East Lake and claiming the FedExCup. Posted the round of the week Saturday with a 64 to erase a five-shot deficit, then cruised to the biggest victory of his life on Sunday. — Chris Dunham, Producer
• Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke romp at the PGA Championship edges Tiger Woods’ five-stroke victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in what was his return to the winner’s circle. — Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert
• So often "impressive performances" are confused for hitting one or two big shots at the right time. Rory McIlroy’s showing at Kiawah was the most impressive performance of the season because of how boring it made the last two hours of the tournament. There were no mistakes, no missed putts. The only question became how many Rory would win by. — D.J. Piehowski, Social Media Coordinator
• The most impressive performance of 2012 is also the last. Charlie Beljan entered the final week of the 2012 season in 139th on the money list and needed a strong finish to keep his card for 2013. During the second round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Beljan fell ill with severe shortness of breath and an increased heart rate, having to sit after virtually every shot just to survive the round. The rookie told his caddie he felt like he was going to die, but went on to shoot his season-low score, an 8-under 64 which propelled him to a career-saving victory. — Amanda Balionis, host, PGA TOUR Today
• Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley teamed up in the "can’t lose" pairing for Team USA at the Ryder Cup, but it was Ian Poulter’s flat-out "won’t lose" attitude that changed the fortunes of the European Team and led to the biggest upset of the year. I could watch those Saturday and Sunday matches on repeat every day through the off-season. — Lauren Teague, Social Media Manager
• It would be hard to top what tour rookie Robert Streb did in winning the Mylan Classic in early September. He rode a sizzling putter to a final-round 64 and shot a tournament-record 18 under to win by four shots. — John Dell, Correspondent focusing on the Web.com Tour
• Sometimes a search isn’t necessary. Sometimes it’s very obvious and all that’s necessary is to say, ‘Yes, that’s it.’ What’s that old saying about how difficult it is to follow a great round with another? Never mind. Tom Lehman, with all the chips on the table, shot 63-62 in the middle two rounds of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He closed the deal with a 65. Don’t need to look any further to see the most impressive performance of the Champions Tour season. — Vartan Kupelian, Correspondent focusing on the Champions Tour