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Rich Beem feeling playoff pressure

Former major winner Rich Beem accepts his playoff run could end at this week's Deutsche Bank Championship but he is not yet ready to go home.

The 37-year-old American needs to finish no worse than second at the TPC Boston if he is to qualify for the penultimate event in the PGA Tour's inaugural FedExCup playoff series.

"Anywhere between first and second, I'll be all right," Beem told a news conference on Wednesday. "Other than that, that's just the nature of how this works. It's kind of exciting.

"Even if I finish fifth in this event and just miss out going to Chicago, that's still an accomplishment. At least I gave it my best shot."

The leading 70 players in the FedExCup standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship advance to next week's BMW Championship where 40 golfers will be eliminated from the season-ending playoffs. Beem lies 113th.

The series ends with the top 30 at the September 13-16 Tour Championship in Atlanta, where a $10 million bonus in deferred compensation will be earned by the overall points champion.

Beem, who claimed his only major victory in the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, qualified for this week's event by tying for seventh at the Barclays Classic on Sunday.

"It's nice to be able to survive," he said. "I played my way in, which is always fun, and hopefully we can continue that.

"I'm playing well right now and I feel good about my game. I'm having fun out there for a change.

"Kenny Perry said it the best: 'When you're playing well you never want to go home, but when you're playing bad you can't wait to get on that plane.'

"I'm not ready to get on that plane yet but I know it's coming sooner or later," added Beem, a three-times PGA Tour winner who has produced two top-10 finishes this season.

"I know there's a chance I can stick it out for one more week but I've got to play awfully well this week against a really quality field."

The Deutsche Bank Championship, being played at the TPC Boston for the fifth consecutive year, starts on Friday.

August 30, 2007


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