Green Hoping For a Return of the Golfing Gods


Hubert Green returns this week to La Vista Country Club in Puebla, Mexico, site of his first win on the 2000 Senior PGA Tour, the Mexico Senior Classic.
It was at La Vista last year where Green, the winner of the '77 U.S. Open and the '85 PGA Championship, toasted the field with a final round of 10-under-par 62, winning by a comfortable margin of five shots at 19-under 197.
Said the 54-year-old after his overwhelming win: 'I think the golfing gods were here in Mexico, and they were good to me.'
For the record, the golfing gods were in Mexico, and they most certainly were good to one Hubert Green. They seemed to stay with him for the remainder of the season, too. Green chalked up an additional eleven other top-10s throughout the rest of the year, including another victory in the Kroger Senior Classic.
This season, however, the man who is perhaps the most unheralded winner of two major championships has yet to put in a performance similar to that of last year in Mexico.
In his first four starts, he has yet to crack the top-20. He is making cuts, but Hubert Green is not shooting 62s yet.
This week could prove to be the difference, however. And should those golfing gods happen to still be lingering in the old country and decide to throw a little more magic dust on Hubert Green's shoulders, he is without doubt the kind of player who could go on an extended tear for the remainder of the 2001 season.
And then possibly Green could emerge as the man to challenge another unheralded multiple-major title holder as the best on the 50-and-older circuit. Of course, you know who that man is. He's Larry Nelson.