Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ken Green involved in deadly accident

Ken Green has always been an iconoclast and he's battled his share of demons through a professional golf career that has seen great highs and sobering lows.

Now, however, Green is struggling to recover after being involved in an auto accident Monday in Mississippi that killed his long-time girlfriend, Jeannie Hodgin of Greensboro, his brother, Billy, and his German Shepherd Nip, whom he once jumped into a canal to save from an alligator attack.

According to reports, Green (no relation to me) was driving his RV back from Texas where he'd played in a Champions Tour event last week when a tire blew out. The RV ran off the road, down an embankment and struck a tree.

Green suffered a broken left eye orbital and a serious right leg injury that could lead to amputation.

In 1988, Green won two of his five PGA Tour victories, finished fourth on the money list and earned a spot on the 1989 Ryder Cup team. At his best, Green could be spectacular.

Always quick to voice his opinion, Green's career tailed off due to a variety of factors, including injuries and divorce.

He had been playing the Champions Tour this year with some success and seemed on the verge of getting his game back.

Now this terrible thing. So sad.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, such a tragic, tragic event! My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and those who knew the ones involved! I was unaware of what an amazing golfer he was! First Sorenson, then David Poole and now this, sad times for the Observer family. Here's hoping Ron recovers to once again play and cover the game he loves!

Anonymous said...

Ken Green and Ron Green are different people right? Are they related?

Anonymous said...

THERE NOT RELATED, KEN GREEN ONCE DRANK A BEER DURING A TOURNAMENT WHILE PLAYING WITH ARNOLD PALMER, SAID HE ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY WITH HIM AND HAVE A BEER WITH HIM, THINK HE GOT SUSPENTED FOR IT, HE WAS A REBEL, HOPE HE'LL BE ALRIGHT

Anonymous said...

Ken Green and Ron Green are not even related (see article)...much less the same person. Btw, what happened to Sorenson?

Danman said...

Sad to see such moronic comments on a sad story such as this. But these are the times we live in with poorer educated kids who really are more or less punks. Thanks for the column Ron, and let's keep Ken and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Ken Green also used his daughter's 18" putter in competition and wore some sick looking green oxford shoes and pants on tour. I remember he could be perceived like a Jonathan Kaye or Rory Sabattini, i.e. another "tour jerk," but he was definitely talented. I hope he recovers from this new misfortune.

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Anonymous said...

An update to this story. Ken has come through surgery and though his leg is badly mangled they did not amputate it. And it was his son Hunter's putter that Ken used. He doesn't have a daughter, only 2 sons.

Please remember the Hodgin family in your prayers, especially Jeanne's daughter Katie. They have been devasted by this.

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