PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan defied doctors’ advice to cling on to his maiden win at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic and incredibly keep his 2013 PGA Tour card.
The American was hospitalised after complaining of shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate during his second-round 64, and told pgatour.com: "I thought I literally had a chance to die."
Doctor’s advised him to rest up but he decided to continue the tournament, and justified his decision with a two-stroke win after finishing on 16-under-par at Magnolia Golf Club.
The win moved Beljan from outside the all-important top-125 to 63rd on the money list, securing him his 2013 card.
During the final round, Beljan pulled clear with four successive birdies from the 7th, before he picked up further shots at 10 and 12 to lead by five strokes.
He came back to the field with a double bogey at the 13th when he dumping his tee-shot in the water, but a birdie at the 14th and a total of 69 was enough for victory.
Matt Every and Robert Garrigus finished joint second on 14-under, with Brian Gay a further shot back after shooting 70.
'I made double and I actually wasn't even upset about it at all, because I still had a three-shot lead with four or five to play on a Sunday on the PGA Tour and that was all I thought about,” said Beljan.
Discussing the panic attack symptoms, he added: "This morning I woke up and I felt horrible again. It must be a blessing in disguise because all I think about is whether I'm going to play or not. I don't think about the task at hand.
"My wife was kind enough to go sleep in the other room with the baby, so I got a great night's sleep. I woke up, I had a pounding headache and my stomach was hurting.
"But I felt great on the golf course, other than my heart was coming out of my chest and I was just trying to get through. But physically, I felt wonderful.”
Here are the clubs that Beljan used to secure his first ever win on the PGA Tour:
Driver: Cleveland Classic (9.0°) with a Miyazaki B Asha 5 shaft.
Fairway woods: Adams XTD (15°) with a Graphite Design G Series shaft.
Hybrid: Srixon Z-TX driving iron (20°) with Nippon prototype X flex shaft.
Irons: Cleveland 588 CB (4-PW) with Nippon prototype shafts.
Wedges: Cleveland 588 Rotex CB (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S-400 shafts.
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Select GoLo.
Ball: Srixon Z-Star 3 prototype.