|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Richard Michael Beem|
August 24, 1970 |
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)|
|College||New Mexico State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1999)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T15: 2003|
|U.S. Open||T78: 2008|
|The Open Championship||T20: 2007|
|PGA Championship||Won: 2002|
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 .
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 The International in Castle Rock, Colorado. Two weeks later he won the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, one of golf's four major tournaments. To win, Beem fended off Tiger Woods, who birdied his last four holes but finished one shot behind. This victory helped establish him in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
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 caddy, 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.
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 will require him to make $658,100 in 17 events. He missed the his 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 is playing out of the "past champions" category in 2012. He played on the European Tour in 2012.
Beem currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Professional wins (5)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|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 points (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.
Other wins (2)
- 2002 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with John Daly and Jim Furyk), Hyundai Team Matches (with Peter Lonard)
|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|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||T43||T71||CUT||CUT||T20||WD||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
WD = Withdrew
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||7||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (2002 PGA – 2003 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
- "Nissan Open Championship - An Interview with Rich Beem". Sports Transcripts.com. February 17, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Profile - Rich Beem". pgatour.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Beem may be '1' to watch again". Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Notebook: Beem decides to give Europe a try". pgatour.com. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- Official website
- Rich Beem at the PGA Tour official site
- Rich Beem at the European Tour official site
- Rich Beem at the Official World Golf Ranking official site