Chip Beck

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Chip Beck
Personal information
Full name Charles Henry Beck
Nickname Chip
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 61)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Lake Forest, Illinois
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 1978
Retired 2015
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 4
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1993
U.S. Open T2: 1986, 1989
The Open Championship T12: 1992
PGA Championship T5: 1990
Achievements and awards
Vardon Trophy 1988

Charles Henry "Chip" Beck (born September 12, 1956) is an American golfer who was a three-time All-American at the University of Georgia. He has four victories on the PGA Tour and twenty runner-up finishes. He spent 40 weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1988 and 1989.[1]

Beck was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was the runner-up at the 1993 Masters Tournament, and was tied for runner-up at the 1986 and 1989 U.S. Open championships. He is also noted for his stellar play at the 1991 Ryder Cup held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort and is a three-time Ryder Cup participant, also playing in 1989 and 1993 at The Belfry Golf & Country Club in Sutton Coldfield, England. He won the Vardon Trophy in 1988.

Beck shot a round of 59 in the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational on the Sunrise Golf Club (par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, one of only six players in the history of the PGA Tour ever to do so. His round included 5 pars and 13 birdies (a PGA Tour record for birdies in one round) including a three footer on the 18th hole. Beck finished tied for third in the tournament. He also shot a hole-in-one (also a double eagle) at the par-4 9th hole in the first round of the 2003 Omaha Classic, a Nationwide Tour event. It was the first in Nationwide Tour history and second recorded in the history of the PGA Tour umbrella combined.

Beck missed 46 consecutive PGA Tour cuts from 1997 to 1998 and eventually left the PGA Tour to sell insurance.[2]

In 2006, Beck became eligible for the Champions Tour and enjoyed newfound success. He currently resides in Lake Forest, Illinois. In 2015, Beck stepped away from competition to join the staff at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Florida.

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Feb 28, 1988 Los Angeles Open -17 (65-69-65-68=267) 4 strokes United States Mac O'Grady
2 Apr 24, 1988 USF&G Classic -26 (69-64-65-64=262) 7 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins
3 Jul 29, 1990 Buick Open -16 (66-70-71-65=272) 1 stroke United States Mike Donald, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
4 Apr 5, 1992 Freeport-McMoRan Golf Classic -12 (67-65-74-70=276) 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman, United States Greg Standly

PGA Tour playoff record (0-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1988 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic United States Bob Lohr Lost to par on fifth extra hole
2 1991 Buick Open United States Brad Faxon Lost to par on first extra hole

Japan Senior Tour wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T32 CUT T12 T21 T8
U.S. Open T58 CUT T12 T10 T21 T2 CUT 21 T2
The Open Championship CUT T28 T26
PGA Championship CUT T23 T25 CUT T16 T57 T31 T34
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament T39 CUT CUT 2 T15 T35
U.S. Open T29 CUT CUT T25 T25 CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT T17 T12 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T5 T23 CUT CUT T36 T44
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half way cut (3rd round cut in 1982 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 2 5 11 8
U.S. Open 0 2 0 2 3 8 16 10
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 4 14 10
Totals 0 3 0 4 6 19 49 32
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1987 PGA – 1990 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1989 Masters – 1989 U.S. Open)

U.S. national team appearances



  1. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  2. ^ - Photo Gallery - Memorable Losing Streaks

External links

  • Chip Beck at the PGA Tour official site
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