European Tour champion golfer Fredrik Andersson Hed dies of cancer aged 49

Swedish golfer Fredrick Andersson Hed won the Italian Open back in 2010 but the European Tour confirmed he had tragically passed away following a battle with cancer

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Swedish golfer Fredrick Andersson Hed has died of cancer at the age of 49.

The 2010 Italian Open Champion had retired from golf in 2015 after turning professional back in 1992.

He went on to win twice on the Challenge Tour as well as his victory at the Italian Open in 2010, which proved to be his most successful season as he reached 22nd place in the rankings.

Andersson Hed lived in the Swedish city of Halmstad and leaves behind wife Anna and children Viggo and Molly.

Today the European Tour announced the tragic death of the former professional golfer with tributes flooding in from across the game.

Swedish golfer Fredrik Andersson Hed has died at the age of 49, the European Tour has announced

European Tour star Thomas Bjorn was one to share his tribute on social media.

Taking to Twitter he wrote: “I’m so deeply saddened by this.

“Freddie was a true professional that will be missed by us all.

“A great ambassador for our game and for Sweden. Thoughts are with Anna, Viggo and Molly at this time.”

European Tour Chief Operating Officer Keith Waters also paid tribute to him, saying: “On behalf of the European Tour, I send our deepest condolences to Fredrik’s family and friends, particularly his wife Anna and children Viggo and Molly.

“It’s always incredibly sad when we lose a member of the European Tour family, and never more so than in the case of someone like Fredrik, who was taken far too soon.

“Fredrik was much loved in the golfing world and beyond, particularly amongst our Scandinavian players and staff, past and present. 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 team mate. 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.”

Fellow golfer Richard Bland also paid tribute online. He said: “Wow! Such terrible news. I remember playing with him many times.

“Such a great lad to be around. Thoughts are with his family at this awful time. RIP Fred.”

Andersson Hed retired after 358 European Tour appearances, with a record reading one victory, six runner-up spots, 31 top tens and 191 cuts made.

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