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Burns Makes a Name for Himself

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ' Hes heard it often: Hey, Beemer. Beemer can I have your autograph?
The problem is, his name is Bob. Bob Burns is often mistaken for Rich Beem, the man who received international acclaim with his PGA Championship victory.
But perhaps now, with a win of his own, Burns will have his own identity.
Rich told me the other day, ever since he won the PGA (Championship) and the International, people, they know him now. They quit calling him Burnsy. They call him Beemer. I doubt anyone will start calling me Beemer again.

Read Carefully
Burns lists beer brewing as one of his special interests in the PGA Tour media guide. But, as he said, an interest doesnt necessarily equate to an activity.
I actually never have (brewed his own beer), but it is an interest. It just says interest. I doesnt say I have to do it, Burns pointed out.
I have a kit. With all this time on the road I dont have that much time to do it. Read the media guide, it says interests.

Gimme Shelter
With only two full-field events remaining, a couple of players made huge strides in retaining their PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.
South African Tim Clark tied for sixth to move from 126th to 106th on the money list. Paraguayan Carlos Franco went from 128 to 119 after his tie for 10th. Craig Barlow moved off the money line and into 123rd place, while David Frost, who missed the cut this week, is now at the precarious position of 125.
On the Tour Championship front, John Rollins went from 31st to 27th on the money list thanks to his tie for sixth. He was the only new player to crack the top 30. With Rollins moving in, Kenny Perry moved out, from 30th to 31st place.

Giving Back
Chris DiMarco will host his own charity tournament Monday at Heathrow Country Club, his home course near Orlando.
I host the American Cancer Tournament. Its the second annual one. Last year I think we raised $80,000, and I think were looking this year to raise $160,000, DiMarco said.
I lost three grandparents to cancer and its something dear to my heart.
The PGA Tour raised over $50 million in charitable contributions a year ago, and will surpass that mark in 2002. DiMarco said individuals do their parts as well.
I know just about every player out here has their own charity tournament, he said. You have to put things in reality. Its a great game, I love playing it, if we make money and try to help other people, its great, too.
Final results from the Disney Golf Classic