|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Deane R. Beman|
April 22, 1938 |
|Height||5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)|
|College||University of Maryland|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T19: 1969|
|U.S. Open||T2: 1969|
|The Open Championship||T13: 1967|
|PGA Championship||T36: 1972|
|U.S. Amateur||Won: 1960, 1963|
|British Amateur||Won: 1959|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2000 (member page)|
|PGA Tour Lifetime
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.
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 the Tournament Players Club network of courses around the United States, along with Tour-branded 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. 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.
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)
- 1959 British Amateur
- 1960 U.S. Amateur, Eastern Amateur, Trans-Mississippi Amateur
- 1961 Eastern Amateur
- 1963 U.S. Amateur, Eastern Amateur
- 1964 Eastern Amateur, Porter Cup
PGA Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||May 11, 1969||Texas Open Invitational||–10 (70-69-70-65=274)||Playoff||Jack McGowan|
|2||Jul 12, 1970||Greater Milwaukee Open||–12 (68-71-68-69=276)||3 strokes||Don Massengale|
|3||Oct 1, 1972||Quad Cities Open||–5 (72-69-71-67=279)||1 stroke||Tom Watson|
|4||Jul 15, 1973||Shrine-Robinson Open Golf Classic||–13 ( 69-68-67-67=271)||1 stroke||Bob Dickson, Bunky Henry|
PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||1968||Bob Hope Desert Classic||Arnold Palmer||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|2||1969||Texas Open Invitational||Jack McGowan||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)
Amateur wins (3)
|1959||The Amateur Championship||3 & 2||Bill Hyndman|
|1960||U.S. Amateur||6 & 4||Robert W. Gardner|
|1963||U.S. Amateur||2 & 1||R. H. Sikes|
|Masters Tournament||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||T29||CUT||CUT||DNP||T25 LA||49||CUT||T42|
|U.S. Open||CUT||CUT||DNP||CUT||CUT||CUT||T12||T14 LA||CUT||CUT||T11 LA||T30||–|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||–|
|The Amateur Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||1||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||–|
|The Open Championship||T13||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
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
- Walker Cup: 1959 (winners), 1961 (winners), 1963 (winners), 1965 (winners)
- Eisenhower Trophy: 1960 (winners), 1962 (winners), 1964, 1966
- Schupak, Adam (2011). Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force. East Cottage Press. p. 365. ISBN 978-0-615-45879-3.
- "Beman named seventh recipient of the Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award". PGA Tour. May 9, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
|Commissioner of the PGA Tour