It sure looked like Rich Beem was satisfied just to make the cut at Bethpage Black when he blew up to an 82 in the third round.
But the 48-year-old Beem came back in the final round with a 69 in the first group out, matching the score with which he squeezed into the weekend on Friday.
Beem, the 2002 PGA champion who now plays only in this tournament, didn’t need quite the rally he staged in the second round to get under par. On Friday, he made birdies on five of his last six holes for the 1-under 69. This time, he closed nicely with birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 in a far more steady 69.
Overall, he shot 15-over par with rounds of 75-69-82-69.
Should Beem want to get back into more regular competition — he is ranked 2,057th in the world — he needs to wait two more years to be old enough for the PGA Tour Champions circuit.
Already a multiple major champion, Brooks Koepka is closing in on elite company at the PGA Championship.
Koepka had a seven-shot lead going into the final round Sunday at Bethpage Black, knowing no one had ever lost a lead that large in a major championship. A victory would allow him to join Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only players in the last 30 years to have won majors in three consecutive years.
The course had a brief spell of light rain in the morning hours, and there was a small chance of showers for the afternoon.
The PGA Championship moving to May for the first time in 70 years worked out well with pleasant weather and a strong golf course. About the only thing it lacked was drama.
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