Sometimes it’s easy to forget that PGA Tour players can be fans, too.
Charlie Beljan made no secret of it Saturday at the Northern Trust Open.
After playing the third round with Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els – Beljan’s 3-under-par 68 was easily the best of the group – Beljan asked his playing partners to sign his white visor.
It’s not for charity. It’s for Beljan, who wanted to remember the day. It wasn’t long ago, Beljan said, that he was playing in tournaments in which first prize was $8,000 so he appreciates where he is now.
Beljan said he wasn’t afraid to ask for the autographs.
“What’s the worst they are going to tell me … ‘No’? ” Beljan said. “It was very kind for them both to do that, and (I) appreciated it.”
Playing with Mickelson, in particular, was eye-opening for Beljan, who isn’t accustomed to galleries as large as those that follow the left-hander.
“The security guard must have said put your phone away 2,000 times,” Beljan said. “I’ve never had that many people come out to watch me play.”