KG’s Golf BIO

Born July 23, 1958 - Danbury, CT.
Turned Pro: 1979

Earned card at Q-School in Fall 1981 (after failing in ’79 & ’80)
Lost card after 1982 $11,899; regained card at ’82 Q-School
Lost card after 1984 $20,160, regained card at ’84 Q-School
Won the 1985 Buick Open, his 1st of 5 PGA Tour wins

PGA Career Earnings: $4,046,331

PGA TOUR (1982-2006) $3,745,345:
. . .508 events played, 274 cuts made
. . .Tour Wins: 5
. . .93 Top25’s, 44 Top10’s, 7 2nds, 4 3rds

NATIONWIDE TOUR (2005-2008) $154,169:
. . .55 events, 20 cuts, 1 3rd 6 Top10, 12 Top25

CHAMPIONS TOUR (2008-2009) $146,817:
. . .18 events, 18 cuts, 1 Top10, 2 Top25

Ken Green’s PGA Tour wins (5):
Aug18-1985 Buick Open (69-65-67-67=268) -20
. . .2nd: Wayne Grady
Aug18-1986 The International (8-4-7-12) 12pts.
. . .2nd: Bernhard Langer
Sep4-1988 Canadian Open (70-65-68-72=275) -13
. . .2nd: Bill Glasson, Scott Verplank
Sep11-1988 Greater Milwaukee Open (70-69-61-68=268) -20
. . .2nd: Calcavecchia, Jim Gallagher, Donnie Hammond, Dan Pohl
Apr23-1989 Gr. Greensboro Open (72-66-66-73=277) -11
. . .2nd: John Huston

Best results in Major Championships:
The Masters T11: 1989
U.S. Open T7: 1996 (Oakland Hills)
British Open T29: 1987 (Muirfield)
PGA Championship T16: 1991 (Crooked Stick)

1989 Ryder Cup – The Belfry Golf & Country Club, Sutton, England
Day 1 – Foursomes
• M.Calcavecchia/Ken Green, def. Bernhard Langer/Ronan Rafferty, 2 & 1
Day 2 – Foursomes
• M.Calcavecchia/Ken Green, def. Christy O’Connor Jr./Ronan Rafferty, 3 & 2
Day 2 – Fourballs
• Seve Ballesteros/J.M. Olazabal def. M.Calcavecchia/Ken Green, 4 & 2
Day 3 – Singles
• Jose Maria Canizares def. Ken Green, 1-up

KG’s Other Pro wins (5):
Winner of 4 Mini-Tour Events
1985 King Hassan Open (Morocco), Connecticut Open
1987 Spaulding Invitational (Pebble Beach) – 2nd: W.Wood/D.Pooley
1988 Dunlop Phoenix (Japan Golf Tour)
1989 Asahi Cup (todays version of the President’s Cup) – on winning U.S. Team
1990 Hong Kong Open
1992 Connecticut Open

KG’s Amateur wins:
1971 Central American Junior Championships, Managua (representing Honduras)
1976 Danbury H.S. – undef. in 7 matches; shot 68 at Richter Park)
1978 Ike Team Championship (w/ John Parsons)
1978 Azalea Invitational
1978 & 1979: Richter Park Club Champion (Danbury CT)
……note: KG holds the course record at Richter Park: 64 in 1982.

Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame:
KG was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in Orange, CT. on Dec. 12, 2006. He was the Connecticut Open Champion twice, in 1985 (209 -4, won by 7) & 1992. He has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Connecticut charities.

Link: Ken Green’s Official PGATOUR Profile
Link: Year-by-Year Results by Tournament

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Interesting Tidbits about KG’s PGA Tour Career:

  • Ken’s 1st PGA Tour event played was the 1982 Phoenix Open:
    . . . 1-24-82: 70-70-72-72 285 +1 T-63 $627.00
  • Ken’s watershed event on tour was the 1983 Bing Crosby – LEADING after 2 days, and finishing 7th.  KG, “for the 1st time, I knew I really belonged on tour, and I didn’t need a card to tell me.”
    . . . 2-6-83: 66-68-71-76 281 -7 T7 $10,487.50
  • Ken’s best year on the PGA Tour was 1988, when he won 2 events in a row (Canadian & Milwaukee) and finished 4th on the PGA Tour money list with $779,881.  Strange, Beck, Sindelar were #1-3, KG was 4th, and 4-25 were Kite, Calc, Lyle, Crenshaw, Frost, Lanny, Azinger, S.Pate, McCumber, Stewart, Reid, Jacobsen, Norman, Sluman, Lietzke, Haas, Couples, O’Meara, Mudd, Koch, Nelson; then 299 more, ending with Burt Yancey at #324 with $388.
  • **If anybody can provide a list of all players that won 2 or more PGA Tour events in a row, please post it to KENS-BLOG.  It HAS to be a short, but illustrious list (with KG included, of course).
  • Ken set the all-time PGA Tour record for #EAGLES IN A SEASON.  As KG recounts, “pressing my memory, but it was in 1988 – 21 Eags, I think.  Beat out Calc – we battled in the last event (Nabisco Championships/Pebble.B), I made 3 eagles that week and won”.  Here’s the 11-13-88 GOLF article describing the ’88 Eagles battle between Calc & Greenie: http://tinyurl.com/l574n9 – “There was a little tourney within the big & rich one as Green & Calcavecchia bet something on who would end the season with the most eagles for the year on tour. Going into this final event on the PGA Tour for 1988, Green led in eagles with 18 while Calc had 17.  ‘’I've given up on that now and am concerned with the birdie war with Dan Forsman’, Calc said.  Green has eagled that 2nd hole each day of this tourney (thru 3 rounds) so that he now has a seemingly unbeatable lead of 21 to 17 over Calc. These statistical categories are worth $25,000 to the man who leads for a year on tour.” 
  • Ken’s best finish on the Champions Tour was when he birdied the last hole to finish solo 7th at the AT&T Champions Classic on 3-15-09 at Valencia Country Club, Valencia, CA.
  • Ken’s last Champions Tour event before the RV accident on 6-8-09:
    June 5-7, 2009: Triton Financial Classic, The Hills CC, Austin, TX
    71-75-72=218 +2 T37 $8480
    2009 Champions Earnings: 54th/$123,906

PGA-Card-1991

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