Rich Beem wins PGA Championship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> American golfer Rich Beem pulled off a major upset by firing a closing round of four-under-par 68 to win the US PGA Championship by one stroke at Hazeltine.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:28 IST
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Playing as if he had nothing to lose, Rich Beem buried Tiger Woods and captured a PGA Championship even he thought he had no business winning. Beem hit a 3-wood to within 6 feet for an eagle on the 11th to seize control, then put the finishing touches on a fearless round by rolling in a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to thwart a final charge from Woods. Beem stared down the world's best player under the stifling pressure of a major championship at Hazeltine, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Woods. Unwilling to give up after back-to-back bogeys, Woods birdied the final four holes to keep alive fleeting hopes of becoming the first player to win the three US majors in the same year. But Beem finished off his incredible round with a harmless three-putt bogey on the 18th, lifted his arms and did a shimmy under the bright skies of Minnesota. (AP)

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