LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Doctors told Charlie Beljan he was in good enough health to leave the hospital Saturday morning, but perhaps not to play golf. With his job on the line and his name atop the leaderboard for the first time, Beljan ignored the recommendation and was glad he did.
One day after a panic attack so severe that he struggled to breathe and feared for his life, Beljan managed just fine in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Despite a pair of early bogeys, and one nervous moment when he felt his chest tighten, he had a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead at Disney.
Suddenly, the 28-year-old rookie has a chance to do more than just keep his card. He’s one round away from winning on the PGA Tour.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Inbee Park moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 66 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. Park also is trying to catch Stacy Lewis in the player of the year points race.
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, and Karine Icher had a 69 to reach 9 under.
Lewis, coming off her tour-leading fourth victory of the year last week in Japan, was tied for sixth at 8 under with Michelle Wie, Candie Kung and Hee Kyung Seo. Trying to become the first U.S. player of the year since Beth Daniel in 1994, Lewis shot a 71. Wie followed her second-round 75 with a 67.
Ochoa was 3 under after a 70. The Mexican star won 27 LPGA Tour titles before retiring at age 28 in 2010. She missed the event last year before the birth of son Pedro in December.
SINGAPORE — Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn had a one-stroke lead over England’s Chris Wood when third-round play in the rain-soaked Singapore Open was suspended because of darkness.
Bjorn was 9 under overall with 15 holes left in the third round. Wood also completed three holes in the round. Officials are still planning to play 72 holes unless storms cause more delays Sunday in the event sanctioned bt the European and Asian tours.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy was 4 under with nine holes left, and Phil Mickelson was 1 under with 14 holes remaining.
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