Currie’s Corner 633, June 21, 2018
As someone who played his last game of golf in 1987, I continue to admire the folks on the PGA Tour. It must truly require nerves of steel and a strong stomach to line up a 30 foot put, with thousands of dollars on the line, hundreds of spectators close by, not to mention a large TV audience. How about adding in the added stress of knowing that someone is threatening to kill you before you hand in your scorecard at the end of the round. That was the situation for 31 year old Hubert Green during the final round of the U.S. Open in Tulsa in 1977.
Hubert died of cancer this week at the age of 71, and his 1977 ordeal was one of the most unusual and frightening tales in the history of the PGA. He was leading through 14 holes when tournament officials told him that someone had contacted them and they were threatening to shoot him as he approached the 15th green. Hubert chose to continue playing, and nothing happened on 15. He then birdied the 16th hole before finishing with a one-stroke victory. The mystery of who made the deadly threat against the Alabama golfer was never solved.
Green continued to have one of the better careers in the history of the tour. He won a total of 19 tournaments, including the PGA Championship in 1985.
Last weekend, they played the U.S. Open on a very tricky course at ShindeCock New York. Tiger Woods is once again the focus of considerable attention on the tour as he struggles to regain the form that made him a legend on the links before he was 30. Tiger failed to make the cut at the Open, but he says he will keep on trying.
Where-ever you may be swinging a club this summer, have a wonderful time, and remember that it’s only a game.
I’m Roger Currie