Rich 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.
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, 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.
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.
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