By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Despite shortness of breath, an elevated heart rate and high blood pressure that sent Charlie Beljan to the hospital after his round, the 28-year-old rookie managed to take the halfway lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. In doing so, he’s projected to move from 139th to 65th on the money list.
Others weren’t so fortunate.
Rod Pampling shot 74 to miss the cut and will spend the weekend scoreboard watching. He’s projected to finish right on the bubble at No. 125 — for now.
Here’s a look at who else moved up and down (or out) as players try to stay inside the top 125 on the money list in the season finale.
Charlie Beljan: The fact that he was able to finish his round was remarkable given his condition. That he shot 64 to take the lead was simply amazing. As of Thursday night, Beljan was at the hospital awaiting the results from some tests. He is hoping to be able to continue to play. His score Friday was his second-lowest of the season, surpassed only by a 62 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic, where he tied for third. Started: 139th. Projected: 65th.
Kevin Chappell: The 26-year-old came into the week flirting with the bubble and Friday took a big step toward staying inside it after a 69 to move into a tie for ninth. Started: 123rd. Projected: 122nd.
Boo Weekley: Likewise, Weekley all but locked up his status for next season. He shot 67 on the Palm Course to enter the weekend in a tie for 19th. Started: 121st. Projected: 119nd.
D.J. Trahan: After a 74 in the opening round, Trahan bounced back with a 67 to make the cut. That gives him time to still move inside the top 125 over the weekend. Started: 130th. Projected: 130th.
Alexandre Rocha: Rocha started the week outside the number. He’s still projected to finish there but will have a chance to move up after a 70 on the Magnolia Course to make it to the weekend. Started: 128th. Projected: 127th.
Billy Mayfair: Last year, he tied for sixth in this event to lock up a card. This time, he missed the cut. Mayfair, who came into the week 125th on the money list is currently projected to fall one spot, which means he’ll have to spend the weekend scoreboard watching. Started: 125th. Projected: 126th.
Rod Pampling: Like Mayfair, Pampling’s fate rests in someone else’s hands. The Aussie made five bogeys and just three birdies on the difficult Magnolia Course after opening with a 70 on the Palm Course. Started: 124th. Projected: 125th.
William McGirt: The good news for McGirt is his job is safe for next year. But a second straight 71 dropped him out of the top 70 on the projected money list. Players who finish in the top 70 are exempt for all the invitationals next year. He still has a chance to improve on the weekend, however. Started: 70th. Projected: 73rd.
Blake Adams: Unlike McGirt, Adams doesn’t control his own destiny. He missed the cut after a 74 on the Palm Course to fall out of the top 70 in the money list projections. Started: 69th. Projected: 72nd.
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