Sunday, June 14

Ken Green: ‘Take It Off So I Can Play’

“I don’t know if I will ever play on the Tour again. But I do know this: I am so proud to have been a professional golfer for 30 years. I am proud of my five Tour wins and to have represented my country in the 1989 Ryder Cup. That will never be taken away from me.”
−Ken Green

JUST WHEN PGA TOUR and Champions Tour player Ken Green was getting his life back in order, a right-front tire on his RV blew out on a Mississippi interstate highway. Green and passengers went down an embankment and struck a large oak tree, killing everyone except Green − his brother, his girl friend and his dog, a German Shepard that Green once rescued from an alligator attack in Florida.

And now due to seemingly irreparable damage, Green will also lose his right leg below the knee. He is set to have surgery on Monday at University of Mississippi Medical Center. In all likelihood it will end Green’s playing career.

However, Peter Kostis said on Sunday’s CBS golf telecast that one of the reasons Green elected to have the leg amputated was because it offers the best chance for Green to return to competitive golf.

“If it’s not going to work, then take it off so I can play,” Green told a
close friend, according to’s Local Knowledge.

I hope Ken Green can still play golf. He already has lost way too much.

−The Armchair Golfer

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Lancer said...

Good post. I was never a Ken Green fan, especially those ugly green shoes he used to wear. But I think he's a fine human being and really didn't deserve everything that's being thrown his way right now. All the best to him...

Hack said...

This is really sad. He seems like a resilient guy, but still you have to wonder how much one man can take over time.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Thanks, guys. Yes, terribly sad. Just awful. Let's send good thoughts and prayers Green's way.