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Beem soars, thanks to an eagle

Updated: August 19, 2002, 7:43 PM ET
By David Kraft | ESPN.com

CHASKA, Minn. -- A 263-yard fairway wood sets up a 6-foot eagle putt, which leads to the PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods, right?

Wrong.

Rich Beem.

Beem hit the fairway wood of his life at the 11th hole Sunday afternoon at Hazeltine National, helping him earn the Wanamaker Trophy, a lifetime exemption to the PGA Championship, a spot in the next five U.S. Opens, the next five Masters, the next five British Opens and a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

Not bad ...

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