The Swedish golfer Fredrik Andersson Hed has died at the age of 49, the European Tour has announced. The 2010 Italian Open champion, who retired in 2015, had been ill with cancer.
After a successful amateur career that saw him win the European Young Masters, Swedish Junior Stroke-Play Championship and represent his country in the Eisenhower Trophy, the Halmstad native turned professional in 1992.
He claimed two wins on the Challenge Tour in 1993 and 2000 and spent most of the following decade on the European Tour, gaining a card at the Qualifying School six times throughout his career.
He held off England’s David Horsey for his victory in Turin, which started a run of three consecutive top-50 finishes on the season-long Race to Dubai.
“Fredrik was much loved in the golfing world and beyond, particularly amongst our Scandinavian players and staff, past and present,” said the European Tour chief operating officer, Keith Waters. “Our hearts go out to them at this incredibly sad time.”
“I had the pleasure of knowing Fredrik, but even for those who didn’t, one glance at his career record highlights his strength and perseverance, with some genuinely wonderful moments as an individual and a valued teammate. I hope those close to him take some comfort in those wonderful memories, and the joy he brought to so many on the golf course.”