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August 14, 2009 | Teddy Greenstein
BIRDIE You ever try to offer a compliment and have it come out all wrong? Padraig Harrington did that Thursday. Speaking of his enjoyable time with playing partners Tiger Woods and Rich Beem , Harrington said: "Today was a nice, pleasant round of golf. Even Rich Beem played lovely golf." Ouch. Triple ouch. But the point is valid. Beem has done little right since reigning at Hazeltine National during the 2002 PGA Championship. He has made only one cut in the six PGAs since.
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July 13, 2011 | By Barry Stavro
The math is simple: 156 players tee off Thursday at the British Open, come Sunday one name gets engraved on the trophy. Winning a major golf tournament ensures immortality. But greatness? Maybe not. Golf history is rich with fluke winners, even in majors. Below is one observer's list of the five worst golfers to win a major in the last 50 years, plus the five best who never won a big one. Worst winners of majors: 1. Orville Moody, 1969 U.S. Open. In the 1960s Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino got their first tour wins at the U.S. Open, so did Moody.
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August 24, 2002
"Magnolia Hi-Fi, this is Rich Beem, how can I help you?" Rich Beem, PGA Championship winner, answering the phone after stopping in at the Seattle store where he used to work as a car stereo and cell phone salesman.
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August 14, 2009 | Teddy Greenstein
BIRDIE You ever try to offer a compliment and have it come out all wrong? Padraig Harrington did that Thursday. Speaking of his enjoyable time with playing partners Tiger Woods and Rich Beem , Harrington said: "Today was a nice, pleasant round of golf. Even Rich Beem played lovely golf." Ouch. Triple ouch. But the point is valid. Beem has done little right since reigning at Hazeltine National during the 2002 PGA Championship. He has made only one cut in the six PGAs since.
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August 19, 2002 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Beem holds off Tiger Woods to win major golf championship ... now there's one for the book. You wouldn't believe it except stuff like this happens all the time at the PGA Championship, sort of the Star Search of the four majors. Bob Tway chips in to beat Greg Norman in 1986. John Daly comes from ninth alternate to win at Crooked Stick. Paul Azinger breaks through in 1993, Mark Brooks in '96, Davis Love III in '97 and David Toms last year.
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October 8, 2002 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, professional golf paid little attention to Rich Beem. Now, it seemingly can't get enough of him. Since fending off a charge by Tiger Woods and winning the PGA Championship in August, Beem has become golf's personality du jour. His journey from car stereo salesman to major championship winner has fascinated the media. His carefree attitude and tales of beer drinking until dawn has won over blue-collar fans. This side of Woods, he's now among golf's most sought-after celebrities.
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August 5, 2002 | From Associated Press
Rich Beem had seven birdies and made an eagle on the 17th hole to hold off a furious rally by Steve Lowery and claim The International on Sunday at Castle Rock, Colo. Beem, playing the last six holes gingerly because his back stiffened during a rain delay of just over one hour, had a 19-point round for a total of 44 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in the event. Beem beat Lowery by a point for his second PGA career victory.
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May 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
In his first full round under the glare of big galleries and cameras, Rich Beem made almost every hole an adventure. In the end, the brilliant birdies and bad bogeys canceled each other out and he finished with a share of the Kemper Open lead. The 28-year-old rookie shot a par round of 71, including five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey, to tie Tommy Armour III after Saturday's third round at Potomac, Md.
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January 21, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the leaders are Kraft and Beem. What is this, the America's Cup? Well, actually, no it isn't, although the scores did sink again like a big, fat rock in Thursday's second round. Let us introduce you to the co-leaders. Greg Kraft, 35, is from Clearwater, Fla., and Rich Beem, 29, is from El Paso. Obviously, they share all the delights associated with wrecking golf courses in the desert, judging from their 36-hole totals of 130.
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May 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
Rich Beem, whose biggest golfing moments have come in towns such as Socorro and Truth or Consequences, shook off the jitters Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Kemper Open at Potomac, Md. Beem, who quit the game temporarily four years ago to sell cellular phones and stereos, and spent last year toiling in minor tournaments in New Mexico and west Texas, combined wayward shots into hazards with seven birdies to card a five-under-par 66.
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August 14, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN
Things are working out just fine for TNT with this golf thing. If, like TNT, you're going to televise only two major tournaments a year, it's not a bad thing if Tiger Woods is leading after the first round. That didn't happen with the British Open, though the push by Tom Watson was quite a story in its own right. This week's PGA Championship, however, is shaping up as a Tiger story. While it is a shock to hear Ernie Johnson as your golf television host (oh, if only Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith could come along)
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September 2, 2007 | Diane Pucin, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rich Beem isn't going quietly from these PGA Tour playoffs. One week after he narrowly avoided elimination, Beem kept alive his improbable run Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., with birdies on his last four holes for a five-under-par 66, leaving him in a three-way tie with Mike Weir and Aaron Baddeley. Weir shot 68 and Baddeley birdied his final hole for a 66.
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October 8, 2002 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, professional golf paid little attention to Rich Beem. Now, it seemingly can't get enough of him. Since fending off a charge by Tiger Woods and winning the PGA Championship in August, Beem has become golf's personality du jour. His journey from car stereo salesman to major championship winner has fascinated the media. His carefree attitude and tales of beer drinking until dawn has won over blue-collar fans. This side of Woods, he's now among golf's most sought-after celebrities.
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August 24, 2002
"Magnolia Hi-Fi, this is Rich Beem, how can I help you?" Rich Beem, PGA Championship winner, answering the phone after stopping in at the Seattle store where he used to work as a car stereo and cell phone salesman.
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August 19, 2002 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Beem holds off Tiger Woods to win major golf championship ... now there's one for the book. You wouldn't believe it except stuff like this happens all the time at the PGA Championship, sort of the Star Search of the four majors. Bob Tway chips in to beat Greg Norman in 1986. John Daly comes from ninth alternate to win at Crooked Stick. Paul Azinger breaks through in 1993, Mark Brooks in '96, Davis Love III in '97 and David Toms last year.
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August 5, 2002 | From Associated Press
Rich Beem had seven birdies and made an eagle on the 17th hole to hold off a furious rally by Steve Lowery and claim The International on Sunday at Castle Rock, Colo. Beem, playing the last six holes gingerly because his back stiffened during a rain delay of just over one hour, had a 19-point round for a total of 44 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in the event. Beem beat Lowery by a point for his second PGA career victory.
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September 2, 2007 | Diane Pucin, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rich Beem isn't going quietly from these PGA Tour playoffs. One week after he narrowly avoided elimination, Beem kept alive his improbable run Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., with birdies on his last four holes for a five-under-par 66, leaving him in a three-way tie with Mike Weir and Aaron Baddeley. Weir shot 68 and Baddeley birdied his final hole for a 66.
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August 14, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN
Things are working out just fine for TNT with this golf thing. If, like TNT, you're going to televise only two major tournaments a year, it's not a bad thing if Tiger Woods is leading after the first round. That didn't happen with the British Open, though the push by Tom Watson was quite a story in its own right. This week's PGA Championship, however, is shaping up as a Tiger story. While it is a shock to hear Ernie Johnson as your golf television host (oh, if only Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith could come along)
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January 21, 2000 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After two rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the leaders are Kraft and Beem. What is this, the America's Cup? Well, actually, no it isn't, although the scores did sink again like a big, fat rock in Thursday's second round. Let us introduce you to the co-leaders. Greg Kraft, 35, is from Clearwater, Fla., and Rich Beem, 29, is from El Paso. Obviously, they share all the delights associated with wrecking golf courses in the desert, judging from their 36-hole totals of 130.
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May 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
In his first full round under the glare of big galleries and cameras, Rich Beem made almost every hole an adventure. In the end, the brilliant birdies and bad bogeys canceled each other out and he finished with a share of the Kemper Open lead. The 28-year-old rookie shot a par round of 71, including five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey, to tie Tommy Armour III after Saturday's third round at Potomac, Md.
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