Bean Hopes to Forget Last Time He Led

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Champions TourIts there in the back of his mind, always a reminder to Andy Bean that it could happen again. This week, he and the Champions Tour are in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston for the Administaff Small Business Classic (Starts Fri. at 2:30 PM on TGC). Bean just hopes it wont be a repeat of the time back in June, when he was leading the Farmers Charity Classic when he was forced to withdraw before the final round.
 
It was due to severe reaction he had to his breakfast that morning. He had an allergy attack that caused him to become ill and pass out.
 
Its happened to me about 10 times, Bean said. It just so happened that I was in the lead at a golf tournament this time.
 
I could have played if my tee time had been an hour later. But that, unfortunately, was too late.

Bean was to start his round at 11:35 a.m. and was already on the practice tee warming up when he became ill and passed out. He was treated by paramedics and a physician who was at the tournament as a spectator. After a quick trip to a clinic, he was feeling much better and could have participated.
 
'I certainly didn't want to withdraw, but I didn't have much choice,' Bean said. 'I could play now. I might be crawling in, but I could play.'
 
Bean, in his second year since turning 50, is still waiting to get fully untracked. He stands 21st on the money list, having earned $743,141.
 
The Administaff Small Business Classic is a new event on the Champions Tour with the elder set returning to the Houston area after an absence of 10 years. The firm is a Houston concern. Host for the event is John Mahaffey, a Houston resident.
 
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