Charlie Beljan, 2012 Disney
During the second round of the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Beljan suffered a panic attack so severe that he thought he "literally had a chance to die" on the course. "I told the caddie, I said, 'I'm not leaving here until I'm getting carted off from the middle of the fairway or somewhere,'" Beljan said. He soldiered through, finishing with a second-round 64 on the way to winning his first PGA Tour tournament and securing his 2013 PGA Tour card.
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Casey Martin, 2012 U.S. Open
Martin, who was born with a debilitating condition that affects the circulation in his right leg, missed the cut this summer in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco, but just getting into the tournament was quite an accomplishment. He qualified 14 years after playing in the last Open at Olympic, and 11 years after the Supreme Court ruled that he could use a cart in competition.
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Rory McIlroy, 2011 PGA Championship
McIlroy entered the 2011 PGA as the favorite, having run away with his first major two months earlier at the U.S. Open. On the third hole of the first round, McIlroy's drive came to rest on a tree root. Instead of taking a drop, McIlroy took a swing. His club hit the root, and McIlroy injured his wrist. He had it wrapped and played on, eventually finishing tied for 64th.
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Erik Compton, 2011 Mexico Open
Compton had his first heart transplant at the age of 12 in 1992, and his second transplant in 2008. After qualifying for the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) through Q-school, and playing on his third heart, Compton won the 2011 Mexico Open and eventually claimed his 2012 PGA Tour card by finishing 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list.
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Paula Creamer, 2010 U.S. Women's Open
When she arrived at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, Creamer had missed the previous four months due to a still-healing thumb injury. She was forced to limit herself to 40 practice shots on the range before each round to manage the pain. Furthermore, the venue could not have been more daunting: Oakmont Country Club, arguably the toughest championship track in the world. But despite flinching after each painful swing, Creamer persevered to win her first major championship by four strokes.
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Ken Green, 2010 Legends of Golf
In 2009, veteran PGA Tour and Champions Tour player Green was involved in a tragic accident when the RV he was driving blew a tire and hit a tree. Green's brother, girlfriend and dog were killed, and Green suffered massive injuries and had his lower right leg amputated. Green returned to play the Legends of Golf, a team event on the Champions Tour, in 2010.
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Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open
In one of the most memorable performances in the history of golf, Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. All week it was clear Woods was playing on an injured left leg, but he limped, grimaced and fought his way through all 91 holes to capture his 14th major. After the tournament, Woods revealed that he had played with a torn ACL and a double-stress fracture in his left leg.
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Tiger Woods, 2003 Bay Hill
At the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational (now known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational), Woods battled through a bad case of food poisoning to win his 37th PGA Tour event -- by 11 strokes.
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John Daly, 1998 Greater Vancouver Open
Daly has withdrawn from countless tournaments, but it was a case of withdrawal that earned him a spot in this gallery. At the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open, Daly suffered symptoms of alcohol withdrawal on the course, including extreme pain and chills that forced him to wear a sweater and jacket despite the 80-degree temperatures. Daly fought through his issues and completed the first and second rounds before missing the cut. "The shakes are going to come and go," Daly said. "It's part of the program."
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Ken Venturi, 1964 U.S. Open
On Sunday at the 1964 U.S. Open, Venturi suffered while playing 36 holes in 100-degree heat. Exhausted after his first 18, he was advised by a doctor not to continue, but he played on, taking 12 salt tablets along the way and eventually winning by four shots. Sports Illustrated described Venturi as "staggering but relentless."
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Ben Hogan, 1950 U.S. Open
In February of 1949, Hogan nearly died in a car crash with a Greyhound bus. His doctor doubted he would ever walk again, but less than a year and a half later, with his legs wrapped and fighting through incredible pain, Hogan won the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion.
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