(born August 24, 1970) is an American professionalgolferwho played on thePGA Tourand is best known for his upset victory at the2002 PGA Championship.
Beem was born inPhoenix, Arizona, grew up inEl Paso, Texas, and played college golf atNew Mexico State UniversityinLas Cruces.
Beem turned professional in 1994. His early career was broken up by a spell in Seattle selling car stereos and cell phones. He later regained interest afterJ. P. Hayeswon the 1998.
This changed in1999when Beem won theKemper Openas a rookie. His career took a further leap forward in2002with a victory atThe InternationalinCastle Rock, Colorado.
Two weeks later, Beem won the2002 PGA ChampionshipatHazeltine National, one of golfs fourmajor tournaments. He shot a par 72 in the first round, but followed that with a six-under 66 in the second round to pull into a five-way tie for first place. In the third round, he again shot 72 and was the second place player, three strokes behind leaderJustin Leonard. In the fourth round, Beem fended offTiger Woods, who birdied his last four holes but finished one shot behind Beem, who shot a final round 68 to Woods 67. This victory helped establish Beem in the top 20 of theOfficial World Golf Ranking.
Until this win, Beem was best known for the bookBud, Sweat and Tees: A Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tourby Alan Shipnuck, which profiled his rookie year on the PGA Tour and the often wild lifestyle of him and hiscaddieSteve Duplantis.
At theatRiviera, Beem made ahole-in-oneat the 14th hole on live television on Saturday to win a new redAltimacoupe, which he immediately ascended, embraced, and sat atop of in triumph. The sequence was later made into a Nissan commercial. (video) Beem creditedPeter Jacobsenfor inspiring his reaction; Jacobsen aced the same hole in 1994 and hopped into the nearby300ZXconvertible and pretended to drive it.123
Beem was sidelined in2010after undergoing back surgery to repair damage to his C6 and C7 vertebrae. While Beem was expected to only miss six weeks, rehabilitation issues caused the layoff to encompass the remainder of the 2010 season. Beem played the2011season on a medical exemption that required him to make $658,100 in 17 events. He missed the first six cuts of the 2011 season before making the cut at theValero Texas Open. He finished tied for 15th. Beem made just five cuts in 21 events. As a result, he lost his tour card and played the remainder of the season out of the past champions category in 2012. He played on theEuropean Tourin 2012, the last year of his ten-year exemption on that tour for winning the 2002 PGA Championship.4
In 2015, Beem joinedSky Sportsas a television commentator and golf analyst.5He also planned to play at theUBS Hong Kong Open, but gave up his sponsor exemption to allowIan Poulterto keep his European Tour card.6
Mickelson won with birdie on fourth extra hole
*The International used ModifiedStablefordscoring.
Wendys 3-Tour Challenge(representing PGA Tour): 2002 (winners)
List of mens major championships winning golfers
Nissan Open Championship – An Interview with Rich Beem
Profile – Rich Beem. PGA Tour. Archived fromthe originalon March 1, 2012
Notebook: Beem decides to give Europe a try. PGA Tour. April 24, 2012. Archived fromthe originalon April 28, 2012
Former PGA champion Rich Beem joins the Sky Sports Golf team.
Ferguson, Doug (October 20, 2015).Rich Beem explains decision to step aside for Ian Poulter in Hong Kong. PGA of America. Associated Press.
Rich Beemat theOfficial World Golf Rankingofficial site
† indicates the event was won in a playoff; ‡ indicates the event was won wire-to-wire
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