The golf world was stunned to learn that one of the greats had died on Saturday.
Andy Bean, a former PGA professional golfer and 11-time winner, passed away.
According to reports, Bean died after having a recent lung replacement surgery. He was 70 years old.
Bean is Gone
The death of Bean took everyone by surprise, especially me, who had not seen anything in the news lately regarding his health issues.
Bean reportedly had some difficulty after a COVID-19 infection and has been operated on for a lung replacement.
Bean had been recovering from the surgery about six weeks ago before passing. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and his grandchildren.
Bean was a stud for the University of Florida, winning the championship in 1973, as well as earning All-American status three times while he played for the school. Five years later, he was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame.
In 1975, Bean turned professional and notched his first Tour win only two years later, winning the Doral-Eastern Open.
Bean won multiple times in 1978 and managed to win at least one tournament in six of the eight following seasons. His last win was in 1986 at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic.
Bean also made two Ryder Cup teams for the United States, in 1979 and 1987.
After moving on to the PGA Champions Tour, Bean would win three more times, including the 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Bean was extremely well-liked both on the tour and after his playing days were over.
Needless to say, the affection for him poured out once word of his death was reported.
Golf Channel Anchor/Reporter Rich Lerner was among them, posting, “Golf lost a good one. Andy Bean passed away at 70. Gentle giant, Bermuda grass specialist with 4 of his 11 Ws in FL. Gator legend. Man of great faith, generous heart, loved fishing and family. Condolences to wife Debbie, their three children and all the grandkids.”
Rest in peace, Andy, and thanks for all the great memories.