MY OPEN – RICH BEEM’S FANS
Matt Cooper explains the mystery behind the man in the ‘Where is Steve’ shirt and the connection to Rich Beem.
Supporters and TV viewers could be forgiven for being a little flummoxed by one fan following Rich Beem at Carnoustie yesterday wearing a t-shirt with the enigmatic question, “Where is Steve?” on the back.
The Steve in question is Steve Duplantis, Beem’s former caddy and fellow hero from the cult book ‘Bud, Sweat and Tees’ by the American golf writer Alan Shipnuck.
The book tells the story of the many ups and downs in the careers of both player and caddy, and it has become a cult classic because neither man exactly conforms to the stereotype of professional sportsman and his right-hand man.
And that rebel instinct was just what inspired Colin from Larbert to write his message of support to Beem prior to attending the Open with his friend Richard from Alloa.
“We really like the Beemer’s attitude,” Colin explained. “I love the way he used to finance his early career with money matches against members at his local club.”
Richard was impressed by Beem’s character when winning the 2002 PGA Championship.
“He was up against Tiger Woods in the final round,” Richard said. “But he hit his approach on eighteen to about three feet and I was really impressed.”
Richard is also hoping for another Beemer win this week because he backed his man at 250/1 before the start of the event.
Both lads were pleased that Beem had noticed them at the start of his round and had enjoyed pointing them out to his current caddy Bill Heim.
But the big question is, “Where is Steve?”
Richard had the answer: “He’s working for Daniel Chopra these days, but unfortunately he didn’t qualify.”
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