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The Tour Report

April 15 2011

6:15 PM

Beem makes first cut, is in hunt

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer

Rich Beem is happy to be upright. He’s also happy to have made his first cut of the season after missing all six of his previous ones this season.

“I am not feeling bad which has been quite the opposite of it lately,” said Beem, who shot a 2-under 70 Friday to finish his first two rounds in 3 under and near the lead. “I feel pretty good out there, you know, able to kind of keep my focus out there which has been pretty helpful but with these conditions it ain't fun.”

The conditions Beem was talking about of course is the wind.

And the tough pins on Friday.

”This golf course kind of captures your attention,” Beem said. “You have to focus on every single hole and every single shot. There's a bunch of stuff going on out there, you know, and so, you know you really got to kind of really -- hate to say one shot at a time but literally if you're not thinking about that shot right then and there, it can come up and bite you, doesn't matter whether you got sand wedge in your hand or 4-iron.”

It also helps that Beem, who’s on a major medical this year, spent about 30 minutes with his coach earlier this week.

“He kind of got me thinking about something a little bit different with my golf swing,” Beem said. “I was trying to take it too far inside. Got it a little further outside on the way down.

“Other than that, I haven't really seen him at all this year. Just kind of grinding away, hitting a lot of golf balls, you know, get on the driving range and hammering golf ball after golf ball. It's finally paying off.”