Earlier this week Ken Green announced on his blog that the major medical exemption he’d applied for has finally been turned down by the Tour. “I’m disgusted with the Tour for their decision on this issue. I’m just numb right now.” Green said. Making a bad week even worse, earlier in the week Green received the autopsy results for his son, Hunter, who passed away back in January of this year. The results showed a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs as the cause of his death.
When I talked to Green a few weeks ago he seemed positive about receiving his exemption, saying “I personally feel this is a no brainer and have only asked for what I had already earned.” I think most people would have to agree that it was a “no brainer”, but apparently not.
This decision is happening on the tails of other bad press the Tour and Tim Finchem have already received this week for giving Steve Elkington special treatment in getting sponsor exemptions by Finchem reaching out to tournaments on Elkington’s behalf.
There has been no official announcement from the PGA Tour as to why it was turned down. Ryan Ballengee, from the golf blog Waggleroom, has reached out to the Tour in the hopes of getting a response and I’m sure we’ll get updated if he gets a response. I’ve also dropped Ken a line and asked if he could elaborate on their decision and get his reaction. So stay tuned. In the meantime, make sure to tune in and watch Ken play with Mike Reid in the Champions Tour Legends of Golf April 23-25.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?