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.
Bean was born in LaFayette, Georgia in 1953, 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.
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. 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. He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1973 and 1975, and an All-American in 1973, 1974 and 1975. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
||Margin of victory
||Mar 13, 1977
||23x15px David Graham
||Jun 4, 1978
||23x15px Mark Hayes, 23x15px Andy North
||Jun 11, 1978
||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
||23x15px Lee Trevino
||Jul 2, 1978
||23x15px Bill Rogers
||Jun 10, 1979
||23x15px Joe Inman
||Feb 10, 1980
||23x15px Lee Trevino
||Mar 1, 1981
||Bay Hill Classic
||23x15px Tom Watson
||Feb 28, 1982
||23x15px Scott Hoch, 23x15px Mike Nicolette,|
23x15px Jerry Pate
||Apr 8, 1984
||Greater Greensboro Open
||23x15px George Archer
||Mar 9, 1986
||23x15px Hubert Green
||May 11, 1986
||Byron Nelson Golf Classic
||23x15px Mark Wiebe
PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)
Other wins (2)
Champions Tour wins (3)
Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)
Results in major championships
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (1983 U.S. Open – 1985 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1980 Open Championship – 1980 PGA)
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