Beem gets new clubs, despite maxed out credit card


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Rich Beem opened with a 1-under 69 on Thursday at the PGA Championship, his first under-par round on the PGA Tour since 2012.

As good as that moment was for the 45-year-old, his week didn’t start that well.

Beem, who won the 2002 PGA Championship, rarely plays on Tour and spends his time now working as an analyst for Sky Sports. As he readied for his start at Baltusrol he reached out to Matt Rollins, the Tour rep for Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), to order a set of the company’s clubs. He was charged $2,800.

That’s when things became a little uncomfortable.

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“He gave me a bill, he tried to run my credit card and my credit card was so maxed out that it didn’t go through,” laughed Beem on Thursday. “I didn’t know how much it was going to be and I went back to him and begged and pleaded. I said, ‘Man, I’ll do anything to pay you.’ He approached me on Tuesday and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s taken care of.’”

Beem, who worked with PXG’s senior Tour technician Joey Sprayberry for years while he was playing regularly and wanted to try the new company’s equipment, said he’d been travelling for a few weeks and didn’t realize he was close to his limit on his credit card.

“Thankfully the charge didn’t go through because I would have had a hard time explaining that bill to the wife,” Beem said. “I owe a big, big thank you to PXG.”