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Hubert Green - Hall of Fame golfer, dead at 71

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Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green, Dead at 71

    Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green, who won a U.S. Open has died. He was 71.

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

The winner of 11 tournaments over the previous six years, Green was clinging to a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the 77' U.S. Open, but also saw another 10 players within three shots.

That he still led by one through 14 holes Sunday and would win by playing the final four holes in even par was one thing. It was quite another that Green, upon completing the 14th hole, was notified by tournament officials of a death threat they had received, saying Green would be shot when he reached the 15th green.

He was presented with three options: continue as is, wait for officials to clear the course of fans before continuing, or suspend play until Monday and finish without a gallery. Green chose to continue playing. Despite the pressure and uncertainly of the threat, not to mention the intense pressure of competing for his first major title, Green did what he needed to. With a birdie on No. 16 and bogey on No. 18, Green managed to win by one stroke over 1975 U.S. Open champion Lou Graham.

The PGA Tour announced that Green died Tuesday after battling throat cancer.


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