|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|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (1999–2012)
European Tour (2012)
|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 .
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 found himself alone in second place, 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.
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 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 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.
In 2015, Beem joined Sky Sports as a television commentator and golf analyst. 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.
Beem resides in Austin, Texas.
Professional wins (4)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|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 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|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|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
*The International used Modified Stableford scoring.
Other wins (1)
|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||T43||T71||CUT||CUT||T20||WD|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
WD = Withdrew
|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
U.S. national team appearances
- Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 2002 (winners)
- "Nissan Open Championship - An Interview with Rich Beem" (PDF). Sports Transcripts.com. February 17, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Profile - Rich Beem". PGA Tour. 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". PGA Tour. April 24, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Former PGA champion Rich Beem joins the Sky Sports Golf team". Sky Sports. January 12, 2015.
- Ferguson, Doug (October 20, 2015). "Rich Beem explains decision to step aside for Ian Poulter in Hong Kong". PGA of America. Associated Press.