So while Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and the rest of golf's glamour names likely will dominate the headlines later in the week, the eve of the season's final major championship belonged to Beach and the 19 other club professionals who scratched their way into the field at Quail Hollow.
Biggest disappointments: Five-time major victor and 2005 PGA champion Phil Mickelson floundered with birdieless 8-over 79. I used to be able to call him on his cell phone and say G'day.
The 40-year-old stumbled late when he missed a three-foot putt for par at the 17th, but a rock-solid par at the last kept him just two strokes adrift of early pacesetter Thorborn Olesen, and he attributed his good performance to a positive attitude when he was not 100 per cent happy with his long game.
A six-time victor on the European Tour, Cabrera-Bello has not always been the most consistent of performers, but the 33-year-old appears to be reaching that stage of his career when many golfers who struggled in their 20s are able to mature and start contending for major championship victories. Number two, I just take it up over the tree. "It's just five hours of real tough golf". I'm simply stating there won't be added expectations or pressure. Like NASCAR, golf is a sport that's lost some traction with young people for whatever reason - be it shorter attention spans or changing TV habits.
The first day of competition at the PGA Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina is complete.
It was a contrast from how four-time major victor McIlroy felt in 2015, when he fired a third-round 71 to break his own course record on the way to victory while world number one, saying he needed to show how well he could play. "He has won some events really showing some grit. You really have to hit putts with the correct speed". The guy finds a way of getting it done.
The league is also working to get players interested in the game early on through grassroots efforts like its co-ed Junior League for kids ages 7-13. "That's a great way to win golf tournaments". "The course is so hard, the greens are so firm and if you get yourself out of position it's so hard to make pars". "It's all about chemistry and it's all about how you get along".
Asked about his superb finish, Olesen said: "It was a little bit of a safe shot into the green".
"I think that's positive for the game, for sure, because guess what?" A T-43 at the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon represents his best major finish, and he put himself in position to break new ground this week entering Round 2.
In turn, the bomber's accuracy off the tee set up a few can't-miss chances that left the U.S. Open champ with an opening-round 68 and a spot atop the leader board at Quail Hollow Club.
The internet collapsed in paroxysms - the golf part of the internet, anyway - when the PGA of America broke with decades of tradition and allowed players to wear shorts during their practice rounds at this week's PGA Championship, the fourth and final major of the year.
David Graham in 1979, Wayne Grady in 1990 and Steve Elkington in 1995 have all sipped from the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy, the most individual winners of any Major title to come from these shores.
Other afternoon starters include United States stars Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson, Spain's Jon Rahm and England's Justin Rose.