Charlie Beljan felt as if his heart was about to burst out of his chest Sunday at Disney, and he couldn't have felt better.
This wasn't a panic attack, like the one that sent him to the hospital in an ambulance after Friday's second round and made him feel like he was going to die. This was the prospect of winning on the PGA Tour for the first time.
The roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., are nothing like what Beljan went through in the final tour event of the year.
Two days after he was wheeled out of the scoring tent on a stretcher, the 28-year-old rookie was celebrating on the 18th green. He arrived at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic with his job in jeopardy and left with a two-year tour exemption.
"Every day I drove underneath that Disney sign that said, 'Where dreams come true,' and that's just what happened this week," Beljan said after closing with a 3-under 69 at the Magnolia course for a two-shot win. "And I'm so grateful and so honored."
Beljan said when he awoke Sunday morning, his head was throbbing and his stomach felt queasy. But once he got on the course, the rest was easy.
He ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn and built a five-shot lead. A double bogey made it close, but only until he made birdie on the next hole. He tapped in one last putt, pumped his fist and hoisted his 7-week-old son.
"It was incredible," said Beljan,
Robert Garrigus (68) and Matt Every (68) tied for second.
European Tour: After already playing 33 holes at the rain-plagued Singapore Open, the last thing Matteo Manassero probably wanted was to go back on the course for a playoff.
But Manassero, 19, persevered and holed a 12-foot eagle putt to beat Louis Oosthuizen on the third extra hole to win his third tour title and $1 million.
Tropical downpours created a schedule backlog. Manassero only finished three holes in his third round Saturday, meaning he had to return Sunday morning to play 15 holes, then after a 27-minute rest, start his final round. Oosthuizen played 13 holes to finish his third round.
"It's been a very tiring week. Adrenaline kept me going," Manassero said.
Oosthuizen and Manassero finished at 13-under 271 in regulation. Oosthuizen closed with a 4-under 67; Manassero, the third-round leader, had a 69.
Rory McIlroy (65) tied for third at 274, guaranteeing he'll win the European money title this year. He and Luke Donald (in 2011) are the only players to win both the U.S. PGA Tour and European money titles in the same season.
Phil Mickelson tied for 14th at 279.
LPGA Tour: Cristie Kerr won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her first tour title in more than two years, and Stacy Lewis tied for fourth to wrap up the player of the year award.
Kerr parred the final three holes for a 3-under 69 at Guadalajara (Mexico) Country Club and beat Angela Stanford (68) and Inbee Park (72) by a shot. Kerr, who won $200,000 for her 15th tour win, finished at 16-under 272.
Lewis is the first U.S. player of the year since Beth Daniel in 1994. She shot a 68 to match Candie Kung (68) at 4 under.
Michelle Wie (74) tied for 14th at 282, while Ochoa (71) tied for 19th at 284.