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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1999
POTOMAC -- The most significant logo on Rich Beem's golf bag is "Odyssey." It is for the putter he uses and, perhaps, for the road this 28-year-old rookie has traveled from obscurity to the spotlight here in the $2.5 million Kemper Open. It could also describe what happened to him in yesterday's third round at Avenel.Beem recovered from a shaky start that saw his lead cut to one shot after two bogeys on the first three holes. He made three straight birdies and a fourth on the par-4 10th to build his lead back to three and his score to 11-under.
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By Daniel Lyght and Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2004
POTOMAC - For two rounds in the Booz Allen Classic, TPC at Avenel took a beating like a boxer past his prime. Charles Howell III shot a record-low 61 Thursday and was followed by his friend, Adam Scott, who recorded a tournament-record-low 128 for two rounds Friday. But the course fought back yesterday, delivering blows that sent several golfers to the canvas and others staggering to their corners. Rich Beem was one of the players who will have to regroup and come out swinging today in the final round if he plans to have a chance at the championship.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
POTOMAC - The waterlogged Capital Open will invite the public in for free this morning at the TPC at Avenel, and it's likely most of the fans who come for the rain-delayed final round of the $4.5 million tournament won't be following the leaders. At 11-under-par 202, South African Rory Sabbatini leads Niclas Fasth of Sweden by one stroke and PGA Tour veteran Duffy Waldorf by three. But two players who are four strokes behind should pull in a majority of the crowd and receive much of its support.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
POTOMAC - Come Sunday night, Rich Beem hopes to party here like it's 1999. It might be a little more sedate affair, given that Beem is now married and the father of an 11-month-old son. It might also not be as significant a victory as it was when Beem won the Kemper Insurance Open as a rookie, given that he has a win at the 2002 PGA Championship on his resume. But given the way Beem has struggled this season, winning this week's $4.8 million Booz Allen Classic at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel would be a rather large step in the right direction.
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By Sam Borden and Sam Borden,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2000
POTOMAC -- Rich Beem won last year's Kemper Insurance Open by carding a 10-under 274 for four rounds at Avenel. If Beem were a betting man, he'd take that score this year and be pretty confident where it would leave him. "I think it's going to be around 11- or 12-under this year again," said Beem, who came from relative obscurity to claim the wire-to-wire victory last year. "And with the rain we've had, I don't think there's any question that someone who hits a long, high ball will win this time out."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1999
POTOMAC -- Rich Beem came to the Tournament Players Club at Avenel last week a virtual unknown, having made less than $25,000 in earnings as a PGA Tour rookie and not a single penny of it in the last five weeks. But he left last night a sudden celebrity, having won the $2.5 million Kemper Open by coming out of where he has long been -- nowhere.With a hot start that included birdies on three of the first five holes in yesterday's final round, Beem built enough of a lead -- four shots -- to survive a couple of back-nine bogeys and win by a shot over two-time champion Bill Glasson and Bradley Hughes of Australia.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
POTOMAC - Come Sunday night, Rich Beem hopes to party here like it's 1999. It might be a little more sedate affair, given that Beem is now married and the father of an 11-month-old son. It might also not be as significant a victory as it was when Beem won the Kemper Insurance Open as a rookie, given that he has a win at the 2002 PGA Championship on his resume. But given the way Beem has struggled this season, winning this week's $4.8 million Booz Allen Classic at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel would be a rather large step in the right direction.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 31, 1999
POTOMAC -- When leader Rich Beem birdied two of the first three holes yesterday, the 32nd Kemper Open turned into a fox-and-hounds chase. At the finish, the pursuers simply had not been able to apply any real pressure.Beem confirmed this, though a little nervously, when he said, "I'm just thankful I had a two-stroke lead coming into the last hole."Chief among the challengers were Bradley Hughes and two-time Kemper champion Bill Glasson, who finished one shot back after Beem bogeyed his last hole.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1999
POTOMAC -- He can barely hit a ball out of the rough, often having to settle for a chip into the fairway before going for the green. Bunkers are not much better for Bill Glasson. That he is still playing on the PGA Tour after 15 years and nearly as many surgeries is something of a miracle.It figures that Glasson is the only player to have won the Kemper Open both at Congressional Country Club -- in 1985, beating Larry Mize with a 40-foot putt on the final hole -- and here at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in 1992.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2003
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Much has transpired in the life of Rich Beem since he won last year's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis. Beem went from being a journeyman to a major champion. He found himself secure and confident among his peers, including the player he beat by a stroke, Tiger Woods. Yet nothing that's happened to Beem since could match what happened to him last month, when he became a first-time father. "I always knew I was going to be a father some day, but to be real honest with you, I wasn't too sure how I was going to handle it until the day he was born," Beem said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2004
POTOMAC - The opening round of the $4.8 million Booz Allen Classic was the perfect remedy for any post-U.S. Open blues of Charles Howell III. Howell, who shot a final round of 83 Sunday on the brown and crusty greens of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., was 22 strokes better yesterday on the soft and inviting surfaces of the Tournament Players Club at Avenel. An opening round of 10-under-par 61, including a course-record 8-under 28 on Howell's last nine holes, was both a career-best and competitive course record, giving Howell a three-stroke lead over former PGA and Kemper Open champion Rich Beem and journeyman Olin Browne.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2003
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - NASCAR came to the 85th PGA Championship yesterday at Oak Hill, resulting in a nasty pileup involving the opening round's featured threesome. Fortunately, the only thing shattered were egos. The group of two-time champion Tiger Woods, 2001 champion David Toms and defending champion Rich Beem shot a collective 21-over par. Woods finished at 4-over 74, Toms shot a 75 and Beem blew up with an 82. They combined for only three birdies the entire round. Toms, who started the round with double bogeys on his first two holes, made two and Woods made one. Beem had three double bogeys and six bogeys.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2003
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Much has transpired in the life of Rich Beem since he won last year's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis. Beem went from being a journeyman to a major champion. He found himself secure and confident among his peers, including the player he beat by a stroke, Tiger Woods. Yet nothing that's happened to Beem since could match what happened to him last month, when he became a first-time father. "I always knew I was going to be a father some day, but to be real honest with you, I wasn't too sure how I was going to handle it until the day he was born," Beem said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2003
POTOMAC - The waterlogged Capital Open will invite the public in for free this morning at the TPC at Avenel, and it's likely most of the fans who come for the rain-delayed final round of the $4.5 million tournament won't be following the leaders. At 11-under-par 202, South African Rory Sabbatini leads Niclas Fasth of Sweden by one stroke and PGA Tour veteran Duffy Waldorf by three. But two players who are four strokes behind should pull in a majority of the crowd and receive much of its support.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2003
POTOMAC - A month of rain gave way to sunshine and a stiff breeze helped dry TPC at Avenel, but conditions were messy for yesterday's first round of the Capital Open. Players were allowed to "lift, clean and place" their ball on the fairway. The leader said "we basically got to cheat," but if ever a player deserved a break from a tournament and a locale, Robert Gamez is due some kindness from this layout and its Montgomery County environs. Birdies on four of his first six holes and three of his last five boosted Gamez to a 5-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over Rich Beem and Notah Begay III. Beem was among the fellow tour pros who boosted the spirits of Gamez when his career went south after a near-fatal visit to the 1998 version of the tournament formerly known as the Kemper Open.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2003
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Nobody has asked Rich Beem this week about his chances of winning the 67th Masters or, for that matter, about winning his second straight major championship. A Beemer Slam? "I can still win the next three in a row and be just like Tiger [Woods]," Beem, the reigning PGA champion, said with a laugh yesterday outside the clubhouse. "I've actually thought about that. That's one of those big-time dreams you have." The reality is this: Going into his first Masters, Beem hasn't followed up on his breakthrough season last year, when he earned nearly $3 million and finished seventh on the PGA Tour money list.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2003
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Nobody has asked Rich Beem this week about his chances of winning the 67th Masters or, for that matter, about winning his second straight major championship. A Beemer Slam? "I can still win the next three in a row and be just like Tiger [Woods]," Beem, the reigning PGA champion, said with a laugh yesterday outside the clubhouse. "I've actually thought about that. That's one of those big-time dreams you have." The reality is this: Going into his first Masters, Beem hasn't followed up on his breakthrough season last year, when he earned nearly $3 million and finished seventh on the PGA Tour money list.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2003
POTOMAC - A month of rain gave way to sunshine and a stiff breeze helped dry TPC at Avenel, but conditions were messy for yesterday's first round of the Capital Open. Players were allowed to "lift, clean and place" their ball on the fairway. The leader said "we basically got to cheat," but if ever a player deserved a break from a tournament and a locale, Robert Gamez is due some kindness from this layout and its Montgomery County environs. Birdies on four of his first six holes and three of his last five boosted Gamez to a 5-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over Rich Beem and Notah Begay III. Beem was among the fellow tour pros who boosted the spirits of Gamez when his career went south after a near-fatal visit to the 1998 version of the tournament formerly known as the Kemper Open.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2002
CHASKA, Minn. - From the discomfort of his living room, Larry Beem watched his suddenly famous son win the 84th PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club on Sunday afternoon. Every few holes, the elder Beem couldn't bear to watch, so he'd go outside to calm his jittery nerves. Then he'd take another peek. "From behind the screen door," he said a few hours later from his home in Las Cruces, N.M., where he coaches golf at New Mexico State. As calm as Rich Beem seemed to be during what turned into a one-stroke win over Tiger Woods, his father was an emotional wreck.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2002
CHASKA, Minn. - Cell phone salesmen and country club assistant pros take heart. You too might win the PGA Championship someday, as Rich Beem did here yesterday at Hazeltine National Golf Club. While the career path he took to his third PGA Tour victory and first major championship might be a little unusual, the way the 31-year-old Beem won has been done many times in this tournament's 84-year history. He simply outplayed the competition. By shooting a 4-under-par 68 for a four-round total of 10-under 278, Beem came from three shots behind fading third-round leader Justin Leonard to build as much as a five-stroke lead before holding off a fast-charging Tiger Woods by one. Former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk hung in there until a couple of bogeys on the back nine ended his best performance ever in a major.
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