Rich Beem

Richard Michael Beem (born August 24, 1970) is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and is best known for his upset victory at the 2002 PGA Championship.

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Personal information
Full nameRichard Michael Beem
Born (1970-08-24) August 24, 1970 (age 49)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAustin, Texas
CollegeNew Mexico State University
Turned professional1994
Former tour(s)PGA Tour (1999–2012)
European Tour (2012)
Professional wins4
Highest ranking16 (July 27, 2003)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT15: 2003
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2002
U.S. OpenT78: 2008
The Open ChampionshipT20: 2007

Beem was born in Phoenix, Arizona, grew up in El Paso, Texas, and played college golf at New Mexico State University in Las 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 after J. P. Hayes won the 1998 Buick Classic [1].

This changed in 1999 when Beem won the Kemper Open as a rookie. His career took a further leap forward in 2002 with a victory at The International in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Two weeks later, Beem won the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, one of golf's four major 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 leader Justin Leonard. In the fourth round, Beem fended off Tiger 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 the Official World Golf Ranking.

Until this win, Beem was best known for the book Bud, Sweat and Tees: A Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour by Alan Shipnuck, which profiled his rookie year on the PGA Tour and the often wild lifestyle of him and his caddie, Steve Duplantis.

At the 2007 Nissan Open at Riviera, Beem made a hole-in-one at the 14th hole on live television on Saturday to win a new red Altima coupe, which he immediately ascended, embraced, and sat atop of in triumph. The sequence was later made into a Nissan commercial. (video) Beem credited Peter Jacobsen for inspiring his reaction; Jacobsen aced the same hole in 1994 and hopped into the nearby 300ZX convertible and pretended to drive it.[2][3][4]

Beem was sidelined in 2010 after 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 the 2011 season 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 the Valero 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 the European Tour in 2012, the last year of his ten-year exemption on that tour for winning the 2002 PGA Championship.[5]

In 2015, Beem joined Sky Sports as a television commentator and golf analyst.[6] He also planned to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open, but gave up his sponsor exemption to allow Ian Poulter to keep his European Tour card.[7]

Beem resides in Austin, Texas.

Professional wins (4)Edit

PGA Tour wins (3)Edit

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 May 30, 1999 Kemper Open −10 (66-67-71-70=274) 1 stroke   Bill Glasson,   Bradley Hughes
2 Aug 4, 2002 The International 44 pts (10-0-15-19=44)* 1 point   Steve Lowery
3 Aug 18, 2002 PGA Championship −10 (72-66-72-68=278) 1 stroke   Tiger Woods

*The International used Modified Stableford scoring.

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2005 BellSouth Classic   Arjun Atwal,   Brandt Jobe,
  Phil Mickelson,   José María Olazábal
Mickelson won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Olazábal eliminated with par on third hole
Atwal and Jobe eliminated with par on first hole

Other wins (1)Edit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2002 PGA Championship 3 shot deficit −10 (72-66-72-68=278) 1 stroke   Tiger Woods

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T15 CUT CUT T42 54
The Open Championship CUT T43 T71 CUT CUT T20 WD
PGA Championship T70 1 CUT CUT CUT T49 CUT CUT T43
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT T36 CUT CUT CUT T73 CUT CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship T80
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
WD = Withdrew


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 1 1 18 7
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Totals 1 0 0 1 1 3 36 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2002 PGA – 2003 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

U.S. national team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 30 2003 Ending 27 Jul 2003" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Nissan Open Championship - An Interview with Rich Beem" (PDF). Sports February 17, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  3. ^ "Profile - Rich Beem". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "Beem may be '1' to watch again". Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  5. ^ "Notebook: Beem decides to give Europe a try". PGA Tour. April 24, 2012. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Former PGA champion Rich Beem joins the Sky Sports Golf team". Sky Sports. January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Doug (October 20, 2015). "Rich Beem explains decision to step aside for Ian Poulter in Hong Kong". PGA of America. Associated Press.

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