Hubert GREEN

Hubert Green - U.S.A. - 1979 onwards. Bounces back to capture 1985 PGA

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 July 1984

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 28 December 1946
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A. DIED June 19th 2018. Aged 71.
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Hubert GREEN - U.S.A. - 1979 onwards. Bounces back to capture 1985 PGA

Hubert Green continued his fine form into the 1979 season and successfully defended his Hawaiian Open title as well as adding the New Orleans Open to his growing list of tournament victories. He made his second Ryder Cup appearance later that year but he and Fuzzy Zoeller were defeated 3&2 by Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido in the first day foursomes and he failed to re-appear until the last day singles. That match saw Hubert ease to a two up win over Peter Oosterhuis as the Americans enjoyed a 17-11 success. Green followed on from his near miss at the 1978 Masters with another fine performance at the same event two years later but he had to settle for fourth place at eight under par in a tournament won by the brilliant young Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.

 

There was also a useful showing at the Open Championship were he tied for sixth place but it was then to be five long years before Hubert challenged again in a major championship. In between times there were victorious in the 1981 Sammy Davis Jr-Greater Hartford Open and after overcoming a shoulder injury in 1983 he tasted success again at the 1984 Southern Open. The 1985 PGA Championship at Cherry Hills saw Green enjoy his last great moment as he claimed his second and last major with a two stroke victory from Lee Trevino. He had opened the tournament with rounds of 67,69 and 70 to lead by three strokes and his closing effort of 72 was sufficient to hold off Trevino's challenge. Hubert returned to the Ryder Cup team for his third and last appearance in '85 and gained one point from a possible three as the Americans suffered a 16 1/2-11 1/2 defeat at the hands of the European team. (David Scranage)