Ken Green has lower right leg amputated hopes to play again

By Associated PressJune 15, 2009, 4:00 pm
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JACKSON, Miss. ' Ken Green's lower right leg was amputated Monday following a recreational vehicle accident last week in which his brother and girlfriend died.
He was under sedation and in good condition after the three-hour operation at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Green's agent and close friend Kevin Richardson said.
'He's safe and he tolerated it well,' Richardson told The Associated Press. He added that Green hopes to play competitive golf again.
Richardson said Green will spend at least a week in the hospital before returning home to Indiantown, Fla. He will go through rehabilitation and be fitted for a prosthetic limb. The 50-year-old golfer will need surgery on a suborbital bone in his face. He also has about a 6-inch cut on the left side of his head.
His brother, William Green, and girlfriend Jean Marie Hodgin died in the June 8 accident in east Mississippi. Also killed was his German shepherd, Nip.
Richardson said Green's sister, Shelley White, and her husband, Slugger, have been with Green since the accident.
'They've just been unbelievable,' Richardson said. 'I can't say enough about Shelley. She lost one brother and the other brother lost his leg. There's strain on her and she's held up so well. She's just so strong. She's been by Ken's side almost constantly.'
Still, Richardson and those close to Green are concerned. Green has openly discussed his mental problems that plagued the five-time winner's final years on the PGA Tour. He returned to competitive golf last year when he joined the Champions Tour for players over 50. He was 54th on the money list before the accident.
Green has spoken of hearing voices that made it nearly impossible to concentrate on the golf course, pushing him to the verge of suicide. Richardson said Green has met with a psychologist at the hospital.
'Even if he didn't have a history, I would be concerned about it because of the multiple losses he's had physically and emotionally, not only losing his leg, and having his career threatened, but his brother, his girlfriend and his dog,' Richardson said. 'I think if someone who was so-called normal went through that they would have a lot of emotional issues going forward.'
The three were traveling east in an RV on Interstate 20 from Austin, Texas, where Green played in a tournament, when a tire blew out near Hickory, Miss. The RV went off the road, down an embankment and into an oak tree, destroying the front of the vehicle.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol said Ken Green was driving, but Richardson said Green remembers being in the back of the RV when the tire blew.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm