Charlie Beljan checked out of a Florida hospital a day after a health scare and thanks in part to a couple of peanut butter sandwiches retained his Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic lead on Saturday.
The 28-year-old rookie was taken to hospital on Friday after suffering an elevated heart-rate and shortness of breath, but returned to Lake Buena Vista to shoot a one-under 71 and hold a two-stroke lead going into the final round.
"I honestly didn't think I was going to get through it," Beljan told reporters. "I just stayed strong."
Beljan's stirring third round left him with a 13-under total of 203, two strokes clear of fellow Americans Brian Gay and Josh Teater, and South Korea's Charlie Wi.
Beljan, who is fighting for a spot on the PGA Tour for 2013, was again plagued by Friday's symptoms, but said peanut butter sandwiches helped calmed him down.
Beljan made four birdies for the round after stumbling with bogeys on the first and third holes.
"I was extremely nervous and scared this morning," he said. "But to get through [Saturday] was a big stepping stone."
He is hoping for an even brighter today, even with 10 golfers within three strokes of his lead.
Doctors were not sure he should have spent the day playing golf.
"They released me saying that they thought I was good enough maybe not to go play golf, but at least to leave the hospital," said Bel-jan, who left the course in an ambulance on Friday.
"But shoot, the position I'm in, it's kind of hard not to show up."
Doctors were unable to come up with a diagnosis, he said.
? GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Inbee Park moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The South Korean player had a 15-under 201 total at Guadalajara Country Club. Cristie Kerr was second after a 67. So Yeon Ryu was third at 12 under after a 67. Second-round leader Angela Stanford was another stroke back after a 72. -AP
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