Born:April 22, 1938 in Washington, DC.
Original/Home Club:Washington, DC
Occupation:Amateur golfer; professional golfer; PGA Tour Commissioner (1974-94); golf course designer.
Amateur MAJORS (3): British Amateur (1959); US Amateur (1960, 1963). Walker Cup player (1959, '61, '63, '65). PGA Tour wins (4). Donald Ross Award (1986, ASGCA). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000). Don A. Rossi Award (2017, GCBAA).
Cannon Ridge GC, Virginia (2003, with Bobby Weed).
Beman's time as Commissioner of the PGA Tour was marked by several lasting and innovative developments that greatly benefitted golf in the United States and beyond. Under his watch, the Tournament Players Club (TPC) network of courses was developed; all PGA Tour events were required to support a charitable initiative; the Senior PGA Tour came into being; the Presidents Cup was launched, and the Tour's assets grew from $400,000 to $260 million.
As part of the TPC network development, Beman became known as the "Father of Stadium Golf." He was the driving force behind the TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass (designed by Pete Dye), which has become a permanent home for the Tour players' Championship.
Played as the Quad Cities Open (Sept 28-Oct 1; first year as a PGA Tour event). Second-placed tour-rookie Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Beman (USA). [Crow Valley GC, Davenport, Iowa].
Played as the inaugural Quad Cities Open (Sept 16-19; PGA Tour "satellite" event). Second-placed Dow Finsterwald (USA) finished 2 shots behind Beman (USA). [Crow Valley GC, Davenport, Iowa].
Played as the Greater Milwaukee Open July 9-12). Second-placed Don Massengale (USA) finished 3 shots behind Deane Beman (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [North Shore CC, Mequon, nr Milwaukee, Wisc.].
Played as the Texas Open Invitational (May 8-11). 31-year-old Deane Beman (USA) beat Jack McGowan (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record the first of his four wins on the PGA Tour. In 1974 Beman became the PGA Tour's commissioner, serving in that position for 20 years. [Pecan Valley GC, San Antonio, Texas. This course is now closed].
The US Amateur Championship (63rd) (Sept 9-14). Deane Beman (USA) beat Richard Sikes (USA) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa].
The US Amateur Championship (60th) (Sept 12-17). Deane Beman (USA) beat Robert Gardner (USA) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [St Louis CC, Clayton, Missouri].
The Amateur Championship (64th). Beman (USA) beat Bill Hyndman (USA) 3 and 2 in the final. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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