August 19, 2002 |
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.
October 8, 2002 |
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.
August 5, 2002 |
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.
May 30, 1999 |
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.
May 28, 1999 |
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.
January 21, 2000 |
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.