Hubert Green

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Hubert Green
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Hubert Myatt Green
Nickname Hubie
Born (1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 67)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Mountain Brook, Alabama
Spouse Becky Blair
Career
College Florida State University
Turned professional 1969
Retired 2009
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 19
European Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 2
Champions Tour 4
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament T2: 1978
U.S. Open Won: 1977
The Open Championship 3rd: 1977
PGA Championship Won: 1985
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2007 (member page)

Hubert Myatt Green (born December 28, 1946) is a former American professional golfer who won 23 professional golf tournaments on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

Green was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up playing at the Birmingham Country Club, where his parents were members. Green played on the golf team at Florida State University, graduated in 1968 with a degree in marketing, and turned pro in 1969. He won the Houston Champions International and was the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year in 1971.[1] Green is among the top 38 all-time PGA Tour winners with 19 victories during his 26 years on the PGA Tour. He won two major championships: the 1977 U.S. Open which was held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the 1985 PGA Championship which was held at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. He played on three Ryder Cup teams: 1977, 1979, and 1985.[1][2] In 1977, Green finished third in The Open Championship at Turnberry, that became known as the "Duel in the Sun", as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus finished respectively 11 and 10 shots clear of Green in third place; fittingly, perhaps, Green also finished the year ranked third in Mark McCormack's world golf rankings that year.

In the 1978 Masters, Green reached the final hole about 30 minutes after Gary Player had finished a round of 64. Player had a 1-shot lead over Green, who hit a good drive and then a great approach to within three feet of the cup. Green had to back away from the putt when he overheard radio announcer Jim Kelly say something. When Green took the stroke, he pushed it a little to the right and the putt slid by. Green never blamed Kelly, however, telling Golf Digest, "Only an amateur would have been put off by the interruption — or would try to make excuses about it."[2]

In his second season on the Senior PGA Tour in 1998, Green won the Bruno's Memorial Classic in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. He has four career victories on the Champions Tour, which was known as the Senior PGA Tour until 2002. He retired from professional golf in 2009.[3]

Green is active in golf course design having designed the TPC at Southwind, the site for the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic. He also designed Greystone, the site of his victory in the Bruno's Classic, and Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.

In the spring of 2003, Green was diagnosed with oral cancer after his dentist noticed an unusual swelling on the back of his tongue[2] after a routine cleaning and referred him to a medical specialist for evaluation. Green underwent a very difficult and painful regimen of radiation and chemotherapy treatments during the summer of 2003.[1] By the end of 2003, however, his cancer was in remission; his weight crept up to 165 pounds from a low of 143 pounds.[4]

In April 2007, Green was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Veteran's category; he was inducted in November 2007.[2]

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

  • 1966 Southern Amateur
  • 1967 Alabama Amateur
  • 1968 Alabama Amateur
  • 1969 Southern Amateur

Professional wins (28)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (19)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 16, 1971 Houston Champions International −4 (68-69-72-71=280) Playoff United States Don January
2 Apr 22, 1973 Tallahassee Open −11 (69-67-70-71=277) 1 stroke United States Jim Simons
3 Sep 23, 1973 B.C. Open −18 (69-65-65-67=266) 6 strokes United States Dwight Nevil
4 Feb 10, 1974 Bob Hope Desert Classic −19 (72-69-66-69-65=341) 2 strokes United States Bert Yancey
5 Mar 17, 1974 Greater Jacksonville Open −12 (70-67-68-71=276) 3 strokes United States John Mahaffey
6 Jun 9, 1974 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic −17 (70-67-66-68=271) 4 strokes United States Hale Irwin
7 Nov 3, 1974 Walt Disney World National Team
Championship
(with United States Mac McLendon)
−33 (64-64-63-64=255) 1 stroke United States Sam Snead & United States J. C. Snead,
United States Ed Sneed & United States Bert Yancey
8 Sep 7, 1975 Southern Open −16 (68-66-66-64=264) 3 strokes United States John Schroeder
9 Mar 14, 1976 Doral-Eastern Open −18 (66-70-65-69=270) 5 strokes United States Mark Hayes, United States Jack Nicklaus
10 Mar 21, 1976 Greater Jacksonville Open −12 (70-67-68-71=276) 2 strokes United States Miller Barber
11 Mar 28, 1976 Sea Pines Heritage Classic −10 (68-67-66-73=274) 5 strokes United States Jerry McGee
12 Jun 19, 1977 U.S. Open −2 (69-67-72-70=278) 1 strokes United States Lou Graham
13 Feb 5, 1978 Hawaiian Open −14 (69-66-68-71=274) Playoff United States Billy Kratzert
14 Mar 26, 1978 Heritage Classic −7 (70-70-70-67=277) 3 strokes United States Hale Irwin
15 Feb 11, 1979 Hawaiian Open −21 (68-67-63-69=267) 3 strokes United States Fuzzy Zoeller
16 Apr 29, 1979 First NBC New Orleans Open −15 (69-67-69-68=273) 1 stroke United States Frank Conner, United States Bruce Lietzke,
United States Steve Melnyk, United States Lee Trevino
17 Aug 16, 1981 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open −20 (68-65-67-64=264) 1 stroke United States Bobby Clampett, United States Fred Couples,
United States Roger Maltbie
18 Oct 14, 1984 Southern Open −15 (65-66-67-67=265) 6 strokes United States Rex Caldwell, United States Scott Hoch,
United States Corey Pavin
19 Aug 11, 1985 PGA Championship −6 (67-69-70-72=278) 2 strokes United States Lee Trevino

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1971 Houston Champions International United States Don January Won with par on fifth extra hole
2 1975 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open United States Don Bies Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 1978 Hawaiian Open United States Bill Kratzert Won with par on second extra hole
4 1978 World Series of Golf United States Gil Morgan Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1986 Doral-Eastern Open United States Andy Bean Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

  • 1980 Jerry Ford Invitational (co-winner)

Champions Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 3, 1998 Bruno's Memorial Classic −13 (70-69-64=203) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
2 Mar 12, 2000 Audi Senior Classic −19 (65-70-62=197) 5 strokes United States Jim Colbert, United States Dean Overtuff, United States Doug Tewell
3 Sep 17, 2000 Kroger Senior Classic −10 (66-70-64=200) 1 stroke United States Larry Nelson
4 Aug 4, 2002 Lightpath Long Island Classic −14 (67-64-68=199) Playoff United States Hale Irwin

Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2000 Home Depot Invitational United States Bruce Fleisher Lost to birdie on third extra hole
2 2002 Lightpath Long Island Classic United States Hale Irwin Won with birdie on seventh extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1977 U.S. Open 1 shot lead −2 (69-67-72-70=278) 1 stroke United States Lou Graham
1985 PGA Championship 3 shot lead −6 (67-69-70-72=278) 2 strokes United States Lee Trevino

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP T22 T14 T9 T8 T19 T8 T2 T10
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP T55 CUT T26 T18 6 1 CUT 24
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 4 T32 T5 3 T29 T41
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T16 DQ T3 DNP T30 T62 T26 T16
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament 4 T11 T43 DNP DNP CUT T36 T35 T19 T34
U.S. Open T32 T37 CUT T60 T30 CUT T55 CUT CUT T9
The Open Championship T6 T23 CUT T19 CUT DNP WD DNP T52 DNP
PGA Championship T68 T27 CUT CUT T14 1 T41 T56 WD 66
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT T51 CUT CUT CUT

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 2 6 11 18 15
U.S. Open 1 0 0 1 3 5 19 12
The Open Championship 0 0 1 3 4 6 13 10
PGA Championship 1 0 1 2 2 5 24 14
Totals 2 1 2 8 15 27 74 51
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1974 Masters – 1978 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "World Golf Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kelly, Brent. "Hubert Green bio". About.com. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Ian (June 18, 2009). "Hubert Green's happy in Birmingham". Birmingham News. 
  4. ^ "Sports Figures – Hubert Green". Oral Cancer Foundation. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 

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