84th PGA Championship
Rich Beem answered every challenge on his way to winning the 84th PGA Championship and withstood a furious charge by the game’s best player, Tiger Woods, to cart off the Wanamaker Trophy at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Beem earned $990,000 for the third victory of his improbable four-year career — and second in two starts. On one Sunday in Minnesota, it was Woods who came up short. He trailed Beem by two strokes at the start of the round, pulled within one but could get no closer. Beem posted a 4-under-par 68 for a winning total of 10-under-par 278 and one better than Woods, who closed with a 67. Beem became the 12th champion of the last 15 PGA Championships to claim his first major title. Beem is the fourth son of a PGA Professional to win the PGA Championship. He is joined by Jack Burke Jr. (1955), Dave Marr (1965) and Davis Love III (1997). Beem is the son of Larry Beem, a PGA Life Member and teaching professional, who is the golf coach at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. Larry was a standout collegiate player at New MexicoState in the 1960s, and his son followed as a player at New Mexico State.