Deane Beman

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Deane Beman
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameDeane R. Beman
Born(1938-04-22) April 22, 1938 (age 76)
Washington, D.C.
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Maryland
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT19: 1969
U.S. OpenT2: 1969
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1967
PGA ChampionshipT36: 1972
U.S. AmateurWon: 1960, 1963
British AmateurWon: 1959
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2000 (member page)
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
2007
 
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Deane Beman
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameDeane R. Beman
Born(1938-04-22) April 22, 1938 (age 76)
Washington, D.C.
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Maryland
Turned professional1967
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT19: 1969
U.S. OpenT2: 1969
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1967
PGA ChampionshipT36: 1972
U.S. AmateurWon: 1960, 1963
British AmateurWon: 1959
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2000 (member page)
PGA Tour Lifetime
Achievement Award
2007

Deane R. Beman (born April 22, 1938) is an American professional golfer, golf administrator, and golf course architect.

Beman was born in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a two-time All-American on the varsity golf team.[1] Following graduation, Beman had a career in the insurance field. During his golf career, Beman qualified for his first U.S. Open at age 17 in 1955. He qualified for the Masters Tournament 14 times. He won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once. He also lost a playoff to Gary Cowan for the 1966 U.S. Amateur. Beman turned professional in 1967 at age 29 and won four times on the PGA Tour between 1969 and 1973. Beman led for two rounds at the 1969 U.S. Open and finished one shot out of a playoff. He was a short hitter by top-class standards, with an outstanding short game, and was renowned as one of the best putters in the world. Injuries curtailed his playing career. He retired as a player and closed his business practice to become Commissioner because he believed he could contribute more to the sport as a commissioner than he ever could as a player.[1]

Beman was the second commissioner of the PGA Tour, serving from 1974 to 1994. He introduced The Players Championship concept during this time, and developed a network of Tournament Players Club courses around the U.S., along with Tour-logoed clothing, expanding the Tour's financial clout. He converted the Tour into a 501-C6 organization, one of several moves that would transform the Tour's financial fortunes. He introduced pension plans for Tour players. Under his watch, the Tour's board passed a policy requiring all tournaments to support a charitable initiative. Tour charitable contributions grew from less than $1 million a year in 1974 to more than $30 million in 1994.[1] He is the architect of the Tour's successful television model, which still exists today. He formed the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the Champions Tour, for players 50 and older in 1980 and the Ben Hogan Tour (now known as the Web.com Tour) as golf's developmental circuit in 1990. In 1983, the Tour expanded the number of exempt players from the top-60 on the season money list to the top-125. At a February 28, 1994 meeting, the Tour's Board approved the capstone of his legacy, The Presidents Cup, an international competition. Later during that same meeting, Beman announced his plan to retire. It was the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Tour commissioner. From $400,000 in assets in 1974, when Beman succeeded Dey, the Tour reported $260 million in assets in 1994 when Beman resigned.[1] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000 and was awarded the seventh PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.[2]

After stepping down as Commissioner in June 1994, Beman resumed his playing career, and competed in 69 Senior PGA Tour events through the 2005 Constellation Energy Classic. He co-designed Cannon Ridge Golf Club, which opened in 2003, with architect Bobby Weed. He still plays regularly, as he likes to say, "only once a day."

A book chronicling his 20-year tenure as Commissioner was published in 2011, entitled "Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force," by Adam Schupak.

Amateur wins (9)[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1May 11, 1969Texas Open Invitational–10 (70-69-70-65=274)PlayoffUnited States Jack McGowan
2Jul 12, 1970Greater Milwaukee Open–12 (68-71-68-69=276)3 strokesUnited States Don Massengale
3Oct 1, 1972Quad Cities Open–5 (72-69-71-67=279)1 strokeUnited States Tom Watson
4Jul 15, 1973Shrine-Robinson Open Golf Classic–13 ( 69-68-67-67=271)1 strokeUnited States Bob Dickson, United States Bunky Henry

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
11968Bob Hope Desert ClassicUnited States Arnold PalmerLost to par on second extra hole
21969Texas Open InvitationalUnited States Jack McGowanWon with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Amateur wins (3)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreRunner-up
1959The Amateur Championship3 & 2United States Bill Hyndman
1960U.S. Amateur6 & 4United States Robert W. Gardner
1963U.S. Amateur2 & 1United States R. H. Sikes

Results timeline[edit]

Amateur

Tournament1955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTT29CUTCUTDNPT25 LA49CUTT42
U.S. OpenCUTCUTDNPCUTCUTCUTT12T14 LACUTCUTT11 LAT30-
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNP-
U.S. AmateurDNPR128R32QFR1281R128R321R641012-
The Amateur ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNP1DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP-

Professional

Tournament196719681969
Masters Tournament-CUTT19
U.S. OpenT6CUTT2
The Open ChampionshipT13DNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT23CUTDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTT55CUTT39DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT55T46T36T51DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

Note: Beman turned professional between the 1967 Masters and U.S. Open.
LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Source for The Masters: www.masters.com

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for British Open: www.opengolf.com

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Schupak, Adam (2011). Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force. East Cottage Press. p. 365. ISBN 978-0-615-45879-3. 
  2. ^ "Beman named seventh recipient of the Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award". PGA Tour. May 9, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Joseph Dey
Commissioner of the PGA Tour
1974-1994
Succeeded by
Tim Finchem