"Nerves? It was funny, I woke up this morning and my heart was racing," he said. "I called a whole bunch of my friends who have been in this position. I called Dr. Bob Rotella. I was freaking out.
"And then as soon as I got out here to the putting green and the driving range and once I got on that first tee, they all just went away. And it was a joy to be able to play with Webb Simpson, Jonathan Byrd, two great guys, and they made it a little easier."
It may have been good for Beljan to not have to play with Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Then again, nobody had to play with the two legends after their early departure, including Simpson, who played with Woods the first two rounds.
"I think I'm bad luck for Tiger because he missed the cut in Charlotte with me," he said. "But yeah, those are two of the best players of all time. Tiger's the best player of all time, in my opinion, so when he's not in the field it's a relief because he's such a great player.
"I certainly don't want him to miss cuts, but when he's not lurking around on Saturdays and Sundays it makes it a little easier, I think, for other guys."
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Third round by the numbers
On the 195-yard par-3, he found the bunker in the back round, 39 feet from the hole. He took two shots to escape, two shots to get out of finally chipped to 24 feet, took a penalty stroke along the way, and two putted.
That resulted in a "snowman" 8, a quintuple-bogey.