Beljan defies doc to lead

Charlie Beljan justified his decision to ignore medical advice by maintaining his lead at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Beljan was hospitalised overnight after complaining of shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate during his second round, in which he struck a magnificent eight under par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard.

Doctors recommended the 28-year-old American withdraw from the tournament this morning as a precautionary measure but Beljan opted to continue and his 71 helped him move to 13 under par overall - two shots clear of compatriots Brian Gay and Josh Teater and South Korean Charlie Wi.

Beljan, who believed he may have suffered a panic attack yesterday, told the PGA Tour website before his round: "That was probably the hardest day of my life.

"The end result was that they think that everything was okay. That's why I'm here today.

"They released me saying that they thought I was good enough maybe not to go play golf, but at least to leave the hospital.

"I'm making the decision to come out here and play. Who knows if we'll last two holes? Who knows if we'll last 18 holes? We're just going to take it one shot at a time, which I did yesterday and ended up pretty good."

It seemed likely his challenge would fade when he bogeyed two of the first three holes but he picked up a shot on the par five fourth and further birdies on the seventh, 10th and 11th helped reignite his challenge.

He carded his third bogey of the day on the next before safely negotiating the final six holes.

The 17th and 18th proved tricky, in particular, for both Gay and Wi, both of whom would be sharing the lead alongside Beljan had they both not recorded back-to-back bogeys.

Gay seemed certain to finish strongly after five consecutive birdies from the 10th but his challenge stalled and he was forced to settle for 67, the same as Teater.

Wi, overnight leader after the first day, endured mixed fortunes with six birdies and four bogeys while former two-time Ryder Cup representative Henrik Stenson was among seven players in a tie for fifth on 10 under overall.