Andy Bean

Andy Bean
Personal information
Full name Thomas Andrew Bean
Born (1953-03-13) March 13, 1953
LaFayette, Georgia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Lakeland, Florida
Spouse Debbie
Children Lauren, Lindsay, Jordan
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1975
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 18
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Japan Golf Tour 2
PGA Tour Champions 3
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T10: 1982
U.S. Open T6: 1978
The Open Championship T2: 1983
PGA Championship 2nd/T2: 1980, 1989

Thomas Andrew Bean (born March 13, 1953) is an American professional golfer who previously played on the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. Bean has won numerous tournaments at both the amateur and professional level including eleven PGA Tour victories.

Early years

Bean was born in LaFayette, Georgia in 1953,[1] and raised in Jekyll Island, Georgia, where his father was associated with a golf course. His family moved to Lakeland, Florida when he was 15, and his father bought a golf course there.[1]

College career

He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (Florida Upsilon Chapter) and played for coach Buster Bishop's Florida Gators men's golf team from 1972 to 1975.[2] While he was a Florida student, he won four amateur tournaments. Bean and future fellow PGA Tour players Woody Blackburn, Phil Hancock and Gary Koch were members of the Gators' 1973 team that won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and NCAA Championships.[3] He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1973 and 1975, and an All-American in 1973, 1974 and 1975.[2][4] He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1975, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1978.[5][6]

Professional career

Bean turned professional in 1975 and had a very successful career on the PGA Tour. He finished inside the top 35 on the money list from 1977 to 1986, a stretch that included 5 top-seven finishes on the list. His first PGA Tour victory was at the Doral-Eastern Open in 1977, and his last was at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in 1986. In 1978 he won three times. Bean played on the United States Ryder Cup team in 1979 and 1987 and spent several weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings in 1986 and 1987.[7]

Bean never won a major championship but he came close three times. He had a solo second-place finish behind Jack Nicklaus at the 1980 PGA Championship. At the 1983 British Open, Bean and Hale Irwin finished tied for second, one stroke behind Tom Watson; and in the 1989 PGA Championship Bean, Mike Reid and Curtis Strange tied for second, one stroke behind Payne Stewart.[8]

After turning 50 years old in March 2003 Bean enjoyed a resurgence of his game on the Champions Tour, where he won for the first time at the 2006 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. In May 2008, he added a second Champions Tour title with a victory in the Regions Charity Classic. He won the season ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2008 at Sonoma, California, winning by nine shots over Gene Jones with a tournament record 20 under par total.

Bean was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.[1]


Bean lives in Lakeland, Florida, where he enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife Debbie have three grown daughters: Lauren, Lindsay, and Jordan.

Amateur wins (4)

Professional wins (18)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1 Mar 13, 1977 Doral-Eastern Open −11 (67-67-71-72=277) 1 stroke Australia David Graham
2 Jun 4, 1978 Kemper Open −15 (72-67-68-66=273) 5 strokes United States Mark Hayes, United States Andy North
3 Jun 11, 1978 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic −11 (70-68-69-70=277) Playoff United States Lee Trevino
4 Jul 2, 1978 Western Open −6 (70-71-75-66=282) Playoff United States Bill Rogers
5 Jun 10, 1979 Atlanta Classic −23 (70-67-61-67=265) 8 strokes United States Joe Inman
6 Feb 10, 1980 Hawaiian Open −22 (71-63-66-66=266) 3 strokes United States Lee Trevino
7 Mar 1, 1981 Bay Hill Classic −18 (68-62-67-69=266) 7 strokes United States Tom Watson
8 Feb 28, 1982 Doral-Eastern Open −10 (68-69-72-69=278) 1 stroke United States Scott Hoch, United States Mike Nicolette,
United States Jerry Pate
9 Apr 8, 1984 Greater Greensboro Open −8 (71-67-72-70=280) 2 strokes United States George Archer
10 Mar 9, 1986 Doral-Eastern Open −12 (71-68-68-69=276) Playoff United States Hubert Green
11 May 11, 1986 Byron Nelson Golf Classic −11 (66-68-67-68=269) 1 stroke United States Mark Wiebe

PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

1 1978 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic United States Lee Trevino Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1978 Western Open United States Bill Rogers Won with par on first extra hole
3 1979 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am United States Mark Hayes, United States Lon Hinkle Hinkle won with birdie on third extra hole
Bean eliminated with par on second hole
4 1984 Honda Classic United States Bruce Lietzke Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1984 Memorial Tournament United States Jack Nicklaus Lost to par on third extra hole
6 1986 Doral-Eastern Open United States Hubert Green Won with birdie on fourth extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

Other wins (2)

Champions Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Oct 1, 2006 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn −15 (63-70-68=201) Playoff United States R. W. Eaks
2 May 18, 2008 Regions Charity Classic −13 (65-68-70=203) 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts
3 Nov 2, 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −20 (68-66-68-66=268) 9 strokes United States Gene Jones

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

1 2006 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn United States R. W. Eaks Won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T19 T24 T28
U.S. Open CUT T63 DNP DNP T23 T6 T25
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T48 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T7 T12
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T12 CUT T10 CUT T18 T25 CUT T35 CUT 51
U.S. Open CUT DNP WD T34 T11 T15 T24 CUT T12 CUT
The Open Championship T6 DNP DNP T2 T14 T35 T14 T40 T16 CUT
PGA Championship 2 DNP CUT T30 T16 T3 T53 T65 CUT T2
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 6 14 10
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 7 16 9
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 2 5 9 8
PGA Championship 0 2 1 3 4 6 13 9
Totals 0 3 1 4 8 24 52 36

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Andy Bean (2000)". Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Inductees. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Florida Men's Golf 2013 Media Supplement" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. pp. 33, 36, 39, 41. Retrieved November 21, 2013..
  3. Andreu, Robbie (June 18, 2009). "Top 25 Gator teams: #8 1973 Men's golf". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  4. "2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide" (PDF). Gainesville, Florida: University Athletic Association. 2008. p. 36. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  5. "Gator Greats". F Club, Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  6. "Bean And Koch Inducted". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. March 30, 1978. p. 1D. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  7. "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  8. "Andy Bean". Golf Major Championships. Retrieved April 20, 2010.

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