World Golf Hall of Famer Hubert Green, who passed away Tuesday at age 71 following a long battle with throat cancer, had his own way of doing things.
He played golf with a homegrown swing, setting his hands low and whipping the club through the ball. His setup was hunched over, far from classic, but it worked for him.
Around the greens, Green was a wizard. He had an extraordinary ability with his short game and he was a very good putter.
More than perhaps anything, Green was tough.
That toughness helped Green win the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills while playing the closing holes under a death threat, a caller having left a message that Green would be shot on the 15th green. He persevered, winning the first of his two major championships.
Green also won the 1985 PGA Championship at Cherry Hills, just outside Denver. He finished his PGA Tour career with 19 victories and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
Playing in an era when Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros were in their prime, Green, a native of Alabama, relied on his tenacity and his talent to earn a lasting place in the game’s story.