by Jeff Skinner
Jason Bohn may have won the Zurich Classic and Mark O’ Meara and Nick Price took home the first place trophy on The Champions Tour but the real winner this week was Ken Green. No, he and partner Mike Reid didn’t win The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf but the fact that Ken Green was able to play once again was the biggest victory in golf this weekend.
Green has fought back from a year of physical rehabilitation and emotional heartbreak. He had doubts that he could play this week and told his partner Reid to play with someone else but Reid would not. He said that Green would be his partner or he wouldn’t play. Green showed up and fought off first tee jitters to settle down and play some decent golf over the weekend. He was welcomed back by his fellow Champion’s Tour members and greeted by cheers from the galleries all weekend.
He feels good enough to enter next week’s tournament in Mississippi and thinks he’ll only get better with some more rounds under his belt. He has spent some time with swing coach Peter Kostis and knows it will take some time to refine his new swing. Afterward he talked to PGA Tour Radio and he sounded like a golfer, not just a golfer making a comeback from a tragic accident. He spoke of his schedule, his play and his swing. It’s like he was just a normal golfer again. I’m sure that’s what he wants but with what he has been through the past year, normal still seems a long way off.