Who's who in golf - Rich Beem

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Name: - Richard Michael "Rich" Beem
Country: - USA
Born : - August 24th, 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), of which US PGA Tour (3).

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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

2002Men AmericaHyundai Matches (PGA Tr)Monarch Beach2 & 1$100,000
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].
2002Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines44 pts$810,000
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].
2002Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipHazeltine Natl.278 (-10)$990,000
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.]
1999Men AmericaKemper OpenTPC Potomac274 (-10)$450,000
Played as the Kemper Open (May 27-30). Second-placed Bill Glasson (USA) and Bradley Hughes (Aus) finished 1 shot behind tour rookie and first-time PGA Tour winner Beem (USA). [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC. At the time known as TPC Avenel].


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