Former PGA Tour veteran Andy Bean is recovering from double lung replacement surgery last week in Orlando.
Bean, 70, is an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour and captured three titles on PGA Tour Champions. Bean turned pro in 1975 after an illustrious career at the University of Florida, where he was a three-time All-American and helped the Gators win the NCAA men’s golf title in 1973.
Bean’s lungs had been badly damaged from a bout with COVID-19, according to a Facebook post by friend Alan Pope. He underwent surgery at Advent Health Hospital in Orlando last Thursday.
“It’s hard to find a better Christian man as he would do anything for anybody – rich or poor,” Pope wrote, noting that Bean was “brought up to always do the right thing in life.”
Bean, who played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team twice, finished inside the top 35 on the Tour money list from 1977 to 1986, a stretch that included five top-seven finishes. Three times he was a runner-up in a major.
“Keep Andy in your prayers as so far he’s doing well but long recovery,” Pope wrote.