Who's who: Rich Beem

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Who's who: Rich Beem

  • Name:

    Richard Michael "Rich" Beem
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Aug 24, 1970 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Phoenix Arizona
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1994

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1). Total professional wins (5), including PGA Tour (3).

Did you know?

Beem, who attended college at New Mexico State University, turned professional in 1994. A year later, with little to show from his golfing exploits, he was selling cell phones and car stereo systems in Seattle. His golf career got back on track later in the 1990s, and he joined the PGA Tour in 1999. His greatest achievement was winning the 2002 PGA Championship, especially with Tiger Woods making a big push in the final round with four birdies in the last four holes. Beem's final round 4-under par 68 was enough to edge out Tiger by one shot.

Top tournaments won by Rich Beem

2002
America
44 pts
$810,000
Qwest

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Beem, Rich

Score

44 pts

Prize money

$810,000

Title sponsor

Qwest

Played as The International presented by Qwest (Aug 1-4; modified stableford fomrat). Second-placed Steve Lowery (USA) finished 1 point behind Beem (USA). [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].

2002
Majors
278 (-10)
$990,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Beem, Rich

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$990,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (84th) (Aug 15-18). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 1 shot behind Beem (USA), who recorded his first and only major championship win. [Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.]

2002
America
2 & 1
$100,000
Hyundai

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Beem, Rich

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

Hyundai

Played as the Hyundai Team Matches (Nov 16/17; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Rich Beem (USA) & Peter Lonard (Aus) beat Fred Couples & Mark Calcavecchia (USA) 2 and 1 in the final of the PGA Tour matches. [Monarch Beach Links, Dana Point, CA].

1999
America
274 (-10)
$450,000
Kemper Insurance

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Beem, Rich

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$450,000

Title sponsor

Kemper Insurance

Played as the Kemper Open (May 27-30). Second-placed Bill Glasson (USA) and Bradley Hughes (Aus) finished 1 shot behind 28-year-old tour rookie Rich Beem (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC. At the time known as TPC Avenel].

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