At the youthful age of 10 years old, Chip Beck’s mother first introduced him to golf by taking him to a junior clinic. Little did she know the impact that day would make. After a successful junior career, Chip enrolled at the University of Georgia where he would become one of the most decorated golfers in UGA history. As a three-time first team All-American, five-time tournament winner, and with more top ten finishes than any other player in the school’s history, Chip Beck decided it was time to test his skills with the best players in the world on the PGA Tour.
Chip has won four PGA Tour victories, and has had twenty runner-up finishes. He won the Vardon Trophy in 1989 and spent 40 weeks in the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings from 1988 to 1989. Additionally, he was the second player to ever shoot ’59’ in a PGA Tour tournament. Six players have accomplished this feat on the PGA but only Al Geiberger an David Duval have also reached that magical thirteen under par number. Prior to the Las Vegas Invitational, the Hilton family said anybody who could shoot a 59 would have a million dollars. Despite never having seen the course before, Chip had 5 pars and 13 birdies (a PGA Tour record for birdies in one round), including a three footer on the 18th hole to shoot a 59. Beck finished with a tie for third in the tournament, but half of the million dollars he won from the 59 ended up funding the Chip Beck Scholarship. Since 1991 this scholarship has run in accordance with the Evans Scholars Foundation, with the Western Golf Association, and still continues today.
In addition to his PGA Tour accomplishments, Chip Beck is also well known as a three-time Ryder Cup member, especially as a very crucial player in the 1993 Ryder Cup, which was the last time the United States has won on European soil. His all time Ryder Cup record is 6-2-1, with a point percentage of .72. Furthermore, Chip is one of two people to ever have a hole in one on a par four, of which he achieved at the 2003 Omaha Classic on the 314-yard 9th hole par 4. Although Chip has never won a major, he came close when he finished runner up in three Majors and one Players Championship. (1986 US Open, 1989 US Open, 1989 Players, 1993 Masters).
To many around the world Chip Beck is simply known as ‘Mr. 59,’ but ask him, and he will tell you he is just another guy who loves God, his family, and the game of golf. Chip currently plays on the Champions Tour where his game and positive personality continue to entertain and inspire people today.