Happy Bean Prepares for SAS

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2006 SAS ChampionshipThe health is good. The kids are grown now and out on their own. Its time for Andy Bean to relax and have fun.
 
And thats exactly what hes been doing since turning 50 four years ago. Bean waited until then to reinvigorate his career, watching his two daughters grow up, suffering through a series of nagging injuries. But now that he has gotten those life occurrences out of the way, and now that he has finally gotten his first victory on the Champions Tour, life could not be more perfect.
 
When Bean prepares to compete is the SAS Championship this week in the Raleigh-Durham area, it will mark the 23rd tournament he has played this year. He has only missed one tournament for which he has been eligible. And last week he became in winner on tour, taking the Greater Hickory Classic in a playoff. Life has been good for Andy Bean.
 
Bean won 11 victories on the regular tour, but had yet to break through as a senior. Until now, that is.
 
Relief,' said Bean. 'It's kind of a calming feeling because a lot of pressure is off your back.'
 
It had been 20 years since he had a victory, and this win brought about his biggest paycheck ever - $240,000.
 
'It's been a long time,' said Bean. 'You're just grinding out there because there have been a couple of times this year and last I've come close and not done it (win).

'You don't forget what it (winning) feels like, but it's nice to come back and experience it.'
 
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