PGA Tour golf Sep 5, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Flags flying over the golf course during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The golf world was hit with some absolutely tragic news this week as legendary PGA Tour star Andy Bean passed away at the age of 70 following a battle with COVID-19.

According to Golf Digest, Andy Bean underwent a double-lung transplant six weeks ago after his lungs were badly damaged in a battle with COVID-19, but he was unable to recover from the transplant and passed away.

Although Bean never won a major – though he managed three different runner-up finishes – he was still dominant enough to emerge as an absolute star in an era of golf that was dominated by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Bean was able to notch 11 victories on the PGA Tour and tallied 103 top-10 results along with runner-up fishes 15 times to become a household name for all golf fans.

And Bean had confidence that he could hang with other legends like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

“I never hit a bad-looking shot,” Bean told Sports Illustrated back in 1979. “I just don’t think too good sometimes. If you ask me can I beat Watson, I’m going to say yes. I always think I can beat anybody. That includes Watson, Jack Nicklaus—anybody.”

His passing was nothing short of tragic and heartbreaking, and the golf community had a lot to say about his loss on social media as a result.

It’s safe to say that he will not be forgotten anytime soon.

[Golf Digest]