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Hubert Green
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameHubert Myatt Green
NicknameHubie
Born(1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 67)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceMountain Brook, Alabama
SpouseBecky Blair
Career
CollegeFlorida State University
Turned professional1969
Retired2009
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour19
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour2
Champions Tour4
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1978
U.S. OpenWon: 1977
The Open Championship3rd: 1977
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1985
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2007 (member page)
 
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Hubert Green
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameHubert Myatt Green
NicknameHubie
Born(1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 67)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceMountain Brook, Alabama
SpouseBecky Blair
Career
CollegeFlorida State University
Turned professional1969
Retired2009
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins28
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour19
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour2
Champions Tour4
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT2: 1978
U.S. OpenWon: 1977
The Open Championship3rd: 1977
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1985
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2007 (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

Professional wins (28)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (19)[edit]

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

PGA Tour playoff record (2–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11971Houston Champions InternationalUnited States Don JanuaryWon with par on fifth extra hole
21975Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford OpenUnited States Don BiesLost to birdie on second extra hole
31978Hawaiian OpenUnited States Bill KratzertWon with par on second extra hole
41978World Series of GolfUnited States Gil MorganLost to par on first extra hole
51986Doral-Eastern OpenUnited States Andy BeanLost to birdie on fourth extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (4)[edit]

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

Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12000Home Depot InvitationalUnited States Bruce FleisherLost to birdie on third extra hole
22002Lightpath Long Island ClassicUnited States Hale IrwinWon with birdie on seventh extra hole

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1977U.S. Open1 shot lead−2 (69-67-72-70=278)1 strokeUnited States Lou Graham
1985PGA Championship3 shot lead−6 (67-69-70-72=278)2 strokesUnited States Lee Trevino

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament19691970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentCUTDNPDNPT22T14T9T8T19T8T2T10
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPT55CUTT26T1861CUT24
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP4T32T53T29T41
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT16DQT3DNPT30T62T26T16
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters Tournament4T11T43DNPDNPCUTT36T35T19T34
U.S. OpenT32T37CUTT60T30CUTT55CUTCUTT9
The Open ChampionshipT6T23CUTT19CUTDNPWDDNPT52DNP
PGA ChampionshipT68T27CUTCUTT141T41T56WD66
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996
Masters TournamentCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTT51CUTCUTCUT

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]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament01026111815
U.S. Open1001351912
The Open Championship0013461310
PGA Championship1012252414
Totals212815277451

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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