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Started to play golf at age 5, he loved playing basketball and football, until he realized he wasn't good enough or big enough to play anything but golf. He turned pro in 1970 after graduating from Florida State and worked for a summer as an assistant pro at Merion Golf Club, site of 4 U.S. Opens. He passed the Qualifying school in the fall of 1970 and in his rookie year won the Houston Open by beating Don January in a playoff. Although he had a disappointing 1972, he bounced back in '73 to win 2 tournaments (Tallahassee and B.C. Open) and placed 11th on the money list. In 1974 Green won four tournaments (Bob Hope, Greater Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and Walt Disney Team with Mac McLendon) and more than $211,000, finishing behind only Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus on the money list. In 1975 he added another tournament (Southern Open) and $113,569 to his piggybank. Green continued his stretch of devastation in 1976 when during one three week period he won three straight tournaments (Doral Eastern, Greater Jacksonville and Sea Pine Heritage Classic). The highlight of his career came at the 1977 U.S. Open when he brought his unorthodox swing to Southern Hills to record a wire-to-wire, one stroke victory. He continued to have success on tour, despite having shoulder problems, which was corrected, in surgery in 1983, winning six more tournaments. His last PGA Tour victory came in 1985 at the PGA, when he fought off Lee Trevino for a two-stroke win. He nearly made it 20 victories in the spring of 1986, but Andy Bean caught him on the closing holes in the Doral-Eastern Open and then won with a birdie on the fourth extra hole...
4 - 1998 Bruno's Memorial Classic, 2000 Audi Senior Classic, Kroger Senior Classic, 2002 Lightpath Long Island Classic.
19 - 1971 Houston Champions International, 1973 Tallahassee Open, B.C. Open, 1974 Bob Hope Classic, Greater Jacksonville Open, Philadelphia Classic, Walt Disney World National Team Play (with Mac McLendon, 1975 Southern Open, 1976 Doral-Eastern Open, Jacksonville Open, Sea Pines Heritage Classic, 1977 U.S. Open, 1978 Hawaiian Open, Sea Pines Heritage Classic, 1979 Hawaiian Open, New Orleans Open, 1981 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, 1984 Southern Open, 1985 PGA Championship .
1999 Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf (teamed With Gil Morgan).
1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.57 (ranked 136th); money $65,948 (ranked 165th); best finish, T-12th Hawaiian Open...
1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.65; money $18,031 (ranked 212th); best finish, T-19th Northern Telecom Open...
1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 73.02 (ranked 181st); money $23,602 (ranked 204th); best finish, T-17th Texas Open.
1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 72.87 (ranked 186th); money $29,786 (ranked 199th); best finish, T-20th Canon Hartford Open.
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 73.82; money $4,854 (ranked 277th); best finish T-65th, GTE Byron Nelson.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 0; money $4,854 (ranked 277th); best finish T-59th, Memorial.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; in money - 1 top-10 finishes - 0; money $2,220; best finish T-76th, CVS Charity Classic.
1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 71.42 (ranked 29th); money $556,402 (ranked 104th); best finish T-3rd at GTE Classic and Northville Long Island Classic.
1998 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 71.61 (ranked 37th); money $689,303 (ranked 21st); winner Bruno's Memorial Classic.
1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 71.10 (ranked 29th); money $631,046 (ranked 30th); best finish, T4th, State Farm Senior Classic and The Transamerica.
2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes - 14; scoring average 70.04 (ranked 10th); money $1,308,784 (ranked 9th); winner, Audi Senior Classic and Kroger Senior Classic.
2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 72.16 (ranked 48th); money $337,108 (ranked 51st); best finish T5th, Turtle Bay Championship.
2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.93 (ranked 21st); money $1,218,392 (ranked 16th); best finish, Winner Lightpath Long Island Classic.
2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -16; top 10 finishes -6; stroke average 71.06 (ranked 33rd); money $514,575 (ranked 35th); Best finish, T-4th Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf & Farmers Charity Classic.
Had his season cut short in June after being diagnosed with a cancerous growth on his left tonsil and back of his tongue during a routine dental examination in May. After consulting with specialists, opted to begin radiation and chemotherapy sessions in early July and missed the remainder of the year while undergoing nearly six weeks of treatment for the disease at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Lost over 30 pounds during the treatment...
2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 16; top 10 finishes - 0; stroke average 74.41 (ranked 78th); money $57,359 (ranked 99th); Best finish, T-26th The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Returned to the Champions Tour at the season-opening MasterCard Championship in Hawaii (37th), but was forced to miss almost the next three months of the season after undergoing additional tests and treatments for a cancerous growth on his throat and tongue...Despite a loss of strength and weight, came back again in mid-April at the Blue Angels Classic.
2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 13; top 10 finishes - 0; stroke average 73.00 (ranked N/A); money $71,067 (ranked 87th); Best finish, T-34th Toshiba Senior Classic.