Golf: Hubert Green dead at 71

American champion had throat cancer

Redazione ANSA Rome

(ANSA) - Rome, June 22 - American golf champion Hubert Green died on Tuesday at age 71, following a long battle with throat cancer.
    Green is the second golf great to die this month, just one day before the death of Australian five-time Open champion Peter Thomson at 88 on Wednesday.
    Green became a professional golfer in 1970, the year after he was named Rookie of the Year, and he was inaugurated into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.
    He had 29 triumphs on the green, including 19 in the PGA Tour.
    He appeared three times at the Ryder Cup, and was admired for his incredible swing.
    Among his most important wins was that of the 1977 US Open.