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Rich Beem

  • Birthplace: Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Residence: Austin, Texas
  • Age: 37
  • Turned Pro: 1994
  • College: New Mexico State
  • Eligibility Code: 1

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Player Notes

The fourth winner in PGA Championship history who is the son of a PGA Professional. Father, Larry, is the golf coach at New Mexico State. Beem joins Jack Burke Jr. (1956), Dave Marr (1965) and Davis Love III (1997) in the father-son PGA Champion connection. . .Beem quit golf and moved to Seattle were he lived with his then-fianc?e and sold cell phones and stereos. . .Regained his desire to play golf when he watched Paul Stankowski, who he knew while playing college golf, win the 1996 BellSouth Classic. . .Left Seattle and his fianc?e to return to El Paso and took a assistant professional job at El Paso Country Club . . The only time he has finished in the Top-10 on the PGA Tour before his Kemper Open win was at qualifying school when he finished T8th. . .Got 30 investors to gave him $80,000 to back him on the PGA Tour for 1999.

Career Victories

PGA Tour
3 - 1999 Kemper Open, 2002 International Presented by Qwest, PGA Championship.

Other
2002 Hyundai Team Matches (with Peter Lonard), Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge with John Daly and Jim Furyk

Career Summary

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 9; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.10 (ranked 162nd); money - $610,555 (ranked 67th); Winner, Kemper Open.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; rounds played - 81; in money -12; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $249,881 (ranked 146th); best finish - T12th at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 72.21 / (175th); driving distance - 277.8 / (45th); driving accuracy -67.8% / (113th); GIR - 65.9% / (96th); putting - 1.798 / (153rd); birdie average - 3.48 per rd / (98th) / total birdies - 282; sand saves - 44.5% / (182nd); scrambling - 53.1% / (187th); all-around rank - 995 / (149th).

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; rounds played - 89; in money -15; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $460,565 (ranked 109th); best finish - T7th at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill.

2001 Stats
scoring average - 71.40 / (117th); driving distance - 284.1 / (48th); driving accuracy -69.6% / (74th); GIR - 65.3% / (123); putting - 1.785 / (125th); birdie average - 3.55 per rd / (114th) / total birdies - 316; sand saves - 46.2% / (152nd); scrambling - 57.9% / (140th); all-around rank - 792 / (98th).

2002 Notes
Won $1,950,000 in his three events he played in Aug.. That was $200,000 sly of his total earnings in his first 106 events on tour before Aug. of 2002.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; rounds played - 95; in money -19; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $2,938,365 (ranked 7th); best finish - Win at The International presented by Quest and PGA Championship.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.97 / (73rd); driving distance - 292.1 / (10th); driving accuracy -64.9% / (149th); GIR - 66.8% / (64th); putting - 1.767 / (85th); birdie average - 3.85 per rd / (37th) / total birdies - 366; sand saves - 39.5% / (194th); all-around rank - 659 / (65th).

2003 Notes
Earned almost half of his season earnings with his 2nd place finish ($486,000) in the Western Open.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 77; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $1,013,950; (ranked 71st); best finish - 2nd at the 100th Western Open.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 71.51 / (128th); driving distance - 293.6 / (41st); driving accuracy - 62.7% / (142nd); GIR - 63.2% / (152nd); putting - 1.797 / (156th); birdie average - 3.40 per rd / (142nd) / total birdies - 262; sand saves - 47.3% / (132nd); all-around rank - 922 / (140th).

2004 Notes
Did not post a Top-25 for first time in six seasons on the PGA Tour.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 77; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $230,499; (ranked 183rd); best finish - T33rd at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship & FedEx St. Jude Classic

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.76 / (163rd); driving distance - 296.7 / (22nd); driving accuracy - 61.7% / (136th); GIR - 63.7% / (129th); putting - 1.814 / (188th); birdie average - 3.40 per rd / (131st) / total birdies - 262; sand saves - 56.4% / (15th); all-around rank - 839 / (119th).

2005 Notes
Lost in Playoff at BellSouth Classic.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 62; in money - 159; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $701,242; (ranked 113th); best finish - T2nd at the BellSouth Classic.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 72.34 / (190th); driving distance - 288.0 / (106th); driving accuracy - 58.0% / (164th); GIR - 63.4% / (142nd); putting - 1.819 / (190th); birdie average - 3.11 per rd / (180th) / total birdies - 193; sand saves - 50.5% / (77th); all-around rank - 1165 / (181st).

2006 Notes
Even though he was outside the top-125 of the money list, still exempt for 2007 off of his 2002 PGA Championship victory.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; rounds played - 83; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $658,225; (ranked 126th); best finish - T7th at the Ford Championship at Doral.

2006 Stats
scoring average - 71.47 / (139th); driving distance - 295.6 / (48th); driving accuracy - 63.2% / (98th); GIR - 66.2% / (70th); putting - 1.787 / (118th); birdie average - 3.59 per rd / (75th) / total birdies - 298; sand saves - 44.8% / (154th); all-around rank - 812 / (116th).

2007 Notes
Had to fight hard down the stretch to keep his Tour card for 2008, needing good finished in his last two events.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; rounds played - 89; in money - 18; Top-10 Finishes - 2; money - $868,658 (ranked 119th); best finish - T7th at the Barclays Classic.

2007 Stats
scoring average - 70.95 / (105th); driving distance - 291.0 / (79th); driving accuracy - 65.2% / (71st); GIR - 64.3% / (112th); putting - 1.783 / (82nd); birdie average - 3.61 per rd / (32nd) / total birdies - 321; sand saves - 44.3% / (148th); all-around rank - 643 / (50th).

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