Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green; at 71

Mr. Green held the US Open Championship trophy he won in 1977 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
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Mr. Green held the US Open Championship trophy he won in 1977 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green, who won a US Open playing portions of the final round despite a threat against his life, died of throat cancer June 19 at the age of 71.

Mr. Green won the 1977 US Open and the 1985 PGA Championship in a career that included 19 PGA Tour victories and four on the seniors circuit.

Mr. Green held a one-stroke lead at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., when he completed the 14th hole of the final round of the US Open.


He then was notified by tournament officials that they had received a telephoned threat saying that he would be shot when he reached the 15th green.

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Given the choice to clear the course of fans or return the following day, Mr. Green played on and captured his first major by one stroke, even making birdie at the 16th hole.

He also outlasted Lee Trevino on the back side of the final round of the 1985 PGA Championship at Cherry Hills in Denver.

Mr. Green was a member of three US Ryder Cup teams and never lost a singles match. He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year in 1971.

Curtis Strange, who entered the Hall of Fame the same year as Mr. Green, tweeted: ‘‘Sad day in golf. Hubert was a good man, great player, and friend. He was a tough guy, demanded a lot of himself, a complete competitor. You wanted Hubert on your team. RIP my friend.’’


A native of Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Green was recruited to Florida State in 1968 by basketball coach Hugh Durham. He turned pro in 1969 and earned his PGA Tour card in 1970.

His swing was distinctively fast and featured a cock of the wrist. But it certainly worked, prompting him to once say: ‘‘I don’t analyze it. I looked at it once on film and almost got sick.’’

Mr. Green championed several philanthropic causes, including battling childhood cancer, cerebral palsy, and other illnesses.

He leaves his wife, Becky Blair, and three sons: Hubert Myatt Green Jr., Patrick Myatt Green, and James Thomas Green.