|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Hubert Myatt Green|
December 28, 1946 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)|
|Residence||Mountain Brook, Alabama|
|College||Florida State University|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships
|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 an American professional golfer who won 26 professional golf tournaments, including two major championships: the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Cancer survivor
- 4 Honors
- 5 Amateur wins
- 6 Professional wins (28)
- 7 Major championships
- 8 U.S. national team appearances
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Green was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended and played golf for Shades Valley High School in Birmingham and then Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. While at FSU, he won the Southern Amateur in 1966 on his home course at the Country Club of Birmingham. In 1967, he became the Alabama Amateur golf champion, a title he successfully defended in 1968. He also won the Cape Coral Inter-Collegiate Tournament by eight strokes and the Miami Invitational by five strokes, among others. His fourth place finish in the 1968 U.S. Amateur in Columbus, Ohio earned him an invitation to play in the 1969 Masters as an amateur. Green graduated from FSU in 1968 with a degree in marketing. That year he also enlisted in the Alabama National Guard at Enterprise, Alabama. However, in 1969, Green won the Southern Amateur for a second time, and as one of the top 10 amateurs in the country, he decided to turn pro. He took a year to earn his PGA of America credentials.
In his 26 years on the PGA Tour, Green had 19 victories, including two major championships: the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the 1985 PGA Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. He finished in the top-25 in a third of the PGA Tour events he entered. He also played on three Ryder Cup teams (1977, 1979, and 1985) and was undefeated in singles play.
In 1971, Green won the Houston Champions International and was the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year. He went on to multiple victories throughout 1970s, but he was at his peak in the latter part of that decade.
In March of 1976, Green won three PGA Tour events in consecutive weeks, an unusual achievement in any era.
At the 1977 U.S. Open, as Green walked to the 15th tee of the final round, he was notified of a caller anonymously phoning in a death threat on his life. The police presented him with options, and he courageously opted to play on, winning by one stroke over Lou Graham.
A month later at the 1977 Open Championship at Turnberry, Green finished third behind Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, who were respectively eleven and ten shots clear of Green in their famous "Duel in the Sun."
Green finished in the top 10 of the Masters six times in seven years from 1974 to 1980. At the 1978 Masters he came to 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."
In 1998, his second season on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), Green won the Bruno's Memorial Classic in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. He shot a final round of 64, playing the last six holes with an eagle, four birdies, and one par to beat Hale Irwin by one stroke.
Green has also been active in golf course design, having worked on TPC Southwind, the site for the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic; Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia; and Greystone Golf & Country Club, the site of his Bruno's Classic victory.
In the spring of 2003, Green was diagnosed with oral cancer after his dentist noticed an unusual swelling on the back of his tongue 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. By the end of 2003, however, his cancer was in remission; his weight crept up to 165 pounds from a low of 143 pounds.
Green was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Southern Amateur Hall of Fame in 2006. He received the Champions Tour Comeback Player of the Year award in 2002 and 2004, and the American Cancer Life Inspiration Award in 2004. At the 2005 Masters Tournament, Green was presented with the Ben Hogan Award for continuing to be active in golf despite a serious illness. In 2007, he was recognized again when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
this list may be incomplete
- 1966 Southern Amateur
- 1967 Alabama Amateur
- 1968 Alabama Amateur
- 1969 Southern Amateur
Professional wins (28)
PGA Tour wins (19)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||May 16, 1971||Houston Champions International||−4 (68-69-72-71=280)||Playoff||Don January|
|2||Apr 22, 1973||Tallahassee Open||−11 (69-67-70-71=277)||1 stroke||Jim Simons|
|3||Sep 23, 1973||B.C. Open||−18 (69-65-65-67=266)||6 strokes||Dwight Nevil|
|4||Feb 10, 1974||Bob Hope Desert Classic||−19 (72-69-66-69-65=341)||2 strokes||Bert Yancey|
|5||Mar 17, 1974||Greater Jacksonville Open||−12 (70-67-68-71=276)||3 strokes||John Mahaffey|
|6||Jun 9, 1974||IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic||−17 (70-67-66-68=271)||4 strokes||Hale Irwin|
|7||Nov 3, 1974||Walt Disney World National Team
Championship (with Mac McLendon)
|−33 (64-64-63-64=255)||1 stroke|| Sam Snead & J. C. Snead,
Ed Sneed & Bert Yancey
|8||Sep 7, 1975||Southern Open||−16 (68-66-66-64=264)||3 strokes||John Schroeder|
|9||Mar 14, 1976||Doral-Eastern Open||−18 (66-70-65-69=270)||5 strokes||Mark Hayes, Jack Nicklaus|
|10||Mar 21, 1976||Greater Jacksonville Open||−12 (70-67-68-71=276)||2 strokes||Miller Barber|
|11||Mar 28, 1976||Sea Pines Heritage Classic||−10 (68-67-66-73=274)||5 strokes||Jerry McGee|
|12||Jun 19, 1977||U.S. Open||−2 (69-67-72-70=278)||1 strokes||Lou Graham|
|13||Feb 5, 1978||Hawaiian Open||−14 (69-66-68-71=274)||Playoff||Billy Kratzert|
|14||Mar 26, 1978||Heritage Classic||−7 (70-70-70-67=277)||3 strokes||Hale Irwin|
|15||Feb 11, 1979||Hawaiian Open||−21 (68-67-63-69=267)||3 strokes||Fuzzy Zoeller|
|16||Apr 29, 1979||First NBC New Orleans Open||−15 (69-67-69-68=273)||1 stroke|| Frank Conner, Bruce Lietzke,
Steve Melnyk, Lee Trevino
|17||Aug 16, 1981||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||−20 (68-65-67-64=264)||1 stroke|| Bobby Clampett, Fred Couples,
|18||Oct 14, 1984||Southern Open||−15 (65-66-67-67=265)||6 strokes|| Rex Caldwell, Scott Hoch,
|19||Aug 11, 1985||PGA Championship||−6 (67-69-70-72=278)||2 strokes||Lee Trevino|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)
|1||1971||Houston Champions International||Don January||Won with par on fifth extra hole|
|2||1975||Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open||Don Bies||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|3||1978||Hawaiian Open||Bill Kratzert||Won with par on second extra hole|
|4||1978||World Series of Golf||Gil Morgan||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|5||1986||Doral-Eastern Open||Andy Bean||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
European Tour wins (1)
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)
Other wins (1)
- 1980 Jerry Ford Invitational (co-winner)
Champions Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||May 3, 1998||Bruno's Memorial Classic||−13 (70-69-64=203)||1 stroke||Hale Irwin|
|2||Mar 12, 2000||Audi Senior Classic||−19 (65-70-62=197)||5 strokes||Jim Colbert, Dean Overtuff, Doug Tewell|
|3||Sep 17, 2000||Kroger Senior Classic||−10 (66-70-64=200)||1 stroke||Larry Nelson|
|4||Aug 4, 2002||Lightpath Long Island Classic||−14 (67-64-68=199)||Playoff||Hale Irwin|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||2000||Home Depot Invitational||Bruce Fleisher||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|2||2002||Lightpath Long Island Classic||Hale Irwin||Won with birdie on seventh extra hole|
Other senior wins (1)
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1977||U.S. Open||1 shot lead||−2 (69-67-72-70=278)||1 stroke||Lou Graham|
|1985||PGA Championship||3 shot lead||−6 (67-69-70-72=278)||2 strokes||Lee Trevino|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||4||T32||T5||3||T29||T41|
|The Open Championship||T6||T23||CUT||T19||CUT||DNP||WD||DNP||T52||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
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
|The Open Championship||0||0||1||3||4||6||13||10|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1974 Masters – 1978 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)
U.S. national team appearances
- "Hubert Green". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
- "World Golf Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- Kelly, Brent. "Hubert Green bio". About.com. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Green recalls life-and-death 1977 win". USA Today. August 12, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- Garrity, John (28 July 2008). "The Duel in the Sun: Watson vs. Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977". Golf.com. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
- Thompson, Ian (June 18, 2009). "Hubert Green's happy in Birmingham". Birmingham News.
- "Sports Figures – Hubert Green". Oral Cancer Foundation. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- Hubert Green at the PGA Tour official site
- Hubert Green at the European Tour official site
- Hubert Green at the Japan Golf Tour official site
- World Golf Hall of Fame profile