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  Monday, 19 August, 2002, 00:35 GMT 01:35 UK
Beem toasts surprise win
Rich Beem savours his victory in the USPGA Championship
Beem was put under intense pressure by Woods
Rich Beem admitted he shocked even himself by roaring to victory in the USPGA Championship.

Beem was a rank outsider to take the title at the start of the week but a final round of 68 gave him a one-shot victory over a charging Tiger Woods.

"I'm not one of those guys who feels like he can win a Major like Tiger," said Beem.

"I didn't know if I had what it took to win it. I found out I do and I'm actually still surprised at myself for it. I'm elated beyond belief.

"I was a lot more in control of my emotions than I ever have been under that kind of pressure.


At least I gave it my best effort - we just came out a little bit short
Tiger Woods

"I told all the reporters this week that I had no expectations. I didn't expect to win.

"When I came to the golf course I was first out on Monday morning because I wanted an early practice.

"I really enjoyed the course and thought I could get around fairly easily. But I never expected this.

"My putter was unbelievable for the first two rounds and my ball striking was good throughout."

Beem's reward for denying Woods a clean sweep of the American Majors this year was a cheque for $990,000 and a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour and the three other majors.

And he will be able to return to the PGA Championship as often as he likes.

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