Who's who in golf - Hubert Green

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Name: - Hubert Myatt Green
Country: - USA
Lived : - [1946-2018]. Born on Dec 28, 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama. Died aged 71 on June 19, 2018 in Birmingham, AL.
Original Home/Club: - CC of Birmingham
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1969

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (1977); US PGA Championship (1985). Ryder Cup player (1977, '79, '85). Total professional wins (29), of which US PGA Tour (19); PGA Champions Tour (4); Japan Tour (2); European Tour (1, the Irish Open). PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1971). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2007).

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Two-time major championship winner Hubert Green, was born and brought up in Birmingham, Alabama, where his parents were members of the Country Club of Birmingham. Green distinguished himself as a top quality amateur golfer, becoming one of the top ten amateurs in the United States. Turning professional in 1969 he took a year to earn his playing rights on the PGA Tour, duly taking the tour's Rookie of the Year honours in 1971.

The 1970s and early-80s saw Green realise his potential as a professional, with 19 PGA Tour wins including two major championships. He also recorded two wins in Japan, an Irish Open title, and three Ryder Cup appearances. Green's unorthodox low quick swing served him well, as did his superb wedge play; he was renowned as one of the best wedge players of his generation.

During the 1977 US Open, Green's steely determination as a golfer was sorely put to the test. During the final round he was made aware that someone intended to shoot him dead when he reached the 15th green. He ignored the threat, and accompanied by a sizable police presence, went on to win the championship. He won his second major in 1985 at the age of 38, which proved to be the last of his 19 PGA Tour wins.

Top tournaments won by Hubert Green

2002Snr AmericaCommerce Bank Ch'shipMeadow Brook, NY199 (-14)$255,000
Played as the Lightpath Long Island Classic (Aug 2-4). Green (USA) beat Hale Irwin (USA) with a birdie at the seventh sudden-death playoff hole. [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
2000Snr AmericaKroger Snr ClassicKings Island200 (-10)$210,000
Played as the Kroger Senior Classic (Sept 15-17). Second-placed Larry Nelson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Green (USA). [Grizzly course, Golf Ctr at Kings Island, Mason, Ohio].
2000Snr AmericaMexico Snr ClassicLa Vista CC197 (-19)$225,000
Played as the inaugural Audi Senior Classic (March 10-12). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA), Doug Tewell (USA) and Dean Overturf (USA) finished 5 shots behind Green (USA), who shot a final round 10-under-par 62. [La Vista CC, Puebla, Mexico].
1999Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)World Golf Village194 (-22)$158,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (March 18-21; unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed John Mahaffey (USA) & Tom Wargo (USA) finished 3 shots behind Hubert Green (USA) & Gil Morgan (USA). [Slammer & Squire course, World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL].
1998Snr AmericaRegions Charity ClassicGreystone G&CC203 (-13)$172,500
Played as Bruno's Memorial Classic (Apr 30-May 3). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Green (USA). [Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].
1985Men JapanCasio World OpenIbusuki GC289 (+1)¥14million
Played as the Casio World Open (Nov 28-Dec 1; Japan Tr event). Green (USA) beat Scott Hoch (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-3 17th). Nobumitsu Yuhara (Jpn) and Wayne Grady (Aus) were eliminated after bogeying the first playoff hole (par-4 16th). Green recorded the second of his two Japan Tour wins, and collected prize money equating to US$72,000. [Kaimon course, Ibusuki GC, Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan].
1985Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipCherry Hills CC278 (-6)$125,000
The US PGA Championship (67th) (Aug 8-11). Second-placed and defending champion Lee Trevino (USA) finished 2 shots behind 38-year-old Green (USA), who claimed his second major championship win and the last of his 19 PGA Tour wins. [Cherry Hills CC, Englewood, nr Denver, CO].
1984Men AmericaBuick ChallengeGreen Island CC265 (-15)$54,000
Played as the Southern Open (Oct 11-14). Second-placed Rex Caldwell (USA), Scott Hoch (USA) and tour rookie Corey Pavin (USA) finished 6 shots behind 37-year-old Green (USA). [Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia].
1981Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipWethersfield CC264 (-20)$54,000
Played as the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open (Aug 13-16). Second-placed Fred Couples (USA), Bobby Clampett (USA) and Roger Maltbie (USA) finished 1 shot behind Green (USA). [Wethersfield CC, nr Hartford, CT].
1979Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicLakewood GC, La.273 (-15)$45,000
Played as the First NBC New Orleans Open (April 26-29). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA), Bruce Lietzke (USA), Steve Melnyk (USA) and Frank Conner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Green (USA). [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].
1979Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC267 (-21)$54,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 8-11). Second-placed Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Green (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1978Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town277 (-7)$45,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (March 23-26). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 3 shots behind Green (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1978Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC274 (-14)$50,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 2-5). Green (USA) beat Bill Kratzert (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1977Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock283 (-5)£9,000
Played as Carroll's Irish Open (Aug 25-28). Second-placed and defending champion Ben Crenshaw (USA) finished 1 shot behind Green (USA). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1977Men MajorsUS OpenSouthern Hills278 (-2)$45,000
The US Open (77th) (Jun 16-19). Second-placed Lou Graham (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner Green (USA). [Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].
1976Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort270 (-18)$40,000
Played as the Doral-Eastern Open (March 11-14). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Mark Hayes (USA) finished 6 shots behind Green (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
1976Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town274 (-10)$43,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (March 25-28). Second-placed Jerry McGee (USA) finished 5 shots behind Green (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1976Men AmericaJacksonville OpenDeerwood CC, FL276 (-12)$35,000
Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 18-21). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 2 shots behind Green (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win, and second in as many weeks. [Deerwood CC, Jacksonville, FL].
1975Men AmericaBuick ChallengeGreen Island CC264 (-16)$20,000
Played as the Southern Open (Sept 3-7). Second-placed John Schroeder (USA) finished 3 shots behind Green (USA). [Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia].
1975Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn272 (-16)¥12million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 27-30; Japan Tr season-ending event). Takashi Murakami (Jpn) finished 6 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Green (USA), who claimed his first win in Japan. Green's first prize equated to US$40,000. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1974Men AmericaDesert ClassicIndian Wells CC341 (-19)$32,048
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 7-10). Second-placed Bert Yancey (USA) finished 2 shots behind Green (USA). [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].
1974Men AmericaJacksonville OpenDeerwood CC, FL276 (-12)$30,000
Played as the Greater Jacksonville Open (March 14-17). Second-placed John Mahaffey (USA) finished 3 shots behind Green (USA). [Deerwood CC, Jacksonville, FL].
1974Men AmericaPhiladelphia ClassicWhitemarsh Valley271 (-17)$30,000
Played as the IVB Philadelphia Classic (June 6-9). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Green (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1974Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia255 (-33)$25,000
Played as the Walt Disney World National Team Ch'ship (Oct 31-Nov 3; two-man team event; formerly the Walt Disney World Classic). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) & J.C. Snead (USA), and Ed Sneed (USA) & Bert Yancey (USA) finished 1 shot behind Hubert Green (USA) & Mac McLendon (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
1973Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC266 (-18)$20,000
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 20-23; first year as a full PGA Tour event). Second-placed Dwight Nevil (USA) finished 6 shots behind Green (USA). [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
1973Men AmericaTallahassee OpenKillearn CC277 (-11)$15,000
Played as the Tallahassee Open (April 19-22). Second-placed Jim Simons (USA) finished 1 shot behind Green (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Killearn CC, Tallahassee, Florida].
1971Men AmericaHouston OpenChampions GC280 (-4)$25,000
Played as the Houston Champions International (May 13-16). Tour rookie and first-time PGA Tour winner Green (USA) beat Don January (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Cypress Creek course, Champions GC, Houston, TX].


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