Green gains spot in Senior PGA Championship
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ken Green will compete in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Green, recently named the Champions Tour Comeback Player of the Year after losing his lower right leg in a vehicle accident in 2009, gained an exemption into the field because he was a member of the 1989 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Green, who plays with a prosthetic limb, will be allowed to use a golf cart at Valhalla. He is believed to be the first amputee to enter the Senior PGA Championship.
“I’m really psyched about the opportunity to play in the Championship, because it’s a wonderful venue and a wonderful Championship,” he said. “I believe that my story may be good for someone who has suffered a similar fate. If I can serve as any encouragement to someone missing a limb or possibly a parent who may be able to bring a kid to the course, I feel my time will be well spent.”
Green’s 2010 comeback included partnering with former Senior PGA Champion Mike Reid to finish T-26 in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
–The PGA of America contributed to this report.