Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Birthday: December 28, 1946
College: Florida State University
Turned Pro: 1969
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1946, Green studied at Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, before attending Florida State University. He played golf throughout his time at high school and college. Green established a level of success as an amateur. He won the Southern Amateur in 1966, and was Alabama Amateur golf champion, in 1967 and 1968. Finishing fourth at the 1968 U.S. Amateur in Columbus, Ohio earned Green the chance to play as an amateur at the 1969 Masters. After leaving college in 1968, with a degree in marketing, Green enlisted in the Alabama National Guard. However, after he won his second Southern Amateur, he made the decision to turn professional.
Green was named PGA Rookie of the Year in 1971, having won his first PGA Tour event that year, at the Houston Champions International. Green went on to achieve more PGA Tour success during the 1970s. In 1976, he won three Tour events in consecutive weeks. Impressively, Green won the US Open in 1977. He achieved this win despite the fact an anonymous caller had threatened his life during the tournament. Green continued his success by finishing third at the Open Championship, the same year. At the end of 1977, he finished in third place in the World Rankings.
Between 1974 and 1980, Green finished in the Top 10 in the Masters six times. In 1985, he won his second major, at the PGA Championship. This was Green’s last win on the PGA Tour. Green began playing on what was then the Senior PGA Tour, and is now the Champions Tour, in the 1990s. In 1998, he won the Bruno's Memorial Classic.
Away from playing, Green has been involved in the design of golf courses. He worked on designing courses including TPC Southwind, and Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.
Green has overcome difficulties off the course. In 2003, he was diagnosed with oral cancer. He underwent treatment for the illness, and by the end of the year the cancer was in remission.
As of the end of 2014, Green had achieved 19 wins on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $2,588,748.