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Injured Green unsure if he'll return

Associated Press / June 13, 2009
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Injured golfer Ken Green issued a statement yesterday from Jackson, Miss., thanking those who have offered him support since the accident that killed his brother and girlfriend.

Green remains hospitalized with unknown injuries and is in fair condition. He has declined Associated Press interview requests, but wanted to thank the golf community.

"I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support that have come my way these past few days," Green said. "The golf community is like one big family, and it means so much to me to have all of you wonderful people by my side."

The Champions Tour player and five-time PGA Tour winner from Danbury, Conn., who now lives in Indiantown, Fla., was originally listed in critical condition after a tire blew out on his recreational vehicle Monday afternoon near Hickory, Miss.

The RV rolled down an embankment and smashed into a tree, killing Green's brother, William Green, also of Indiantown, and Green's girlfriend, Jean Marie Hodgin, of Greensboro, N.C. Ken Green's German shepherd was also killed in the crash.

"The pain and emptiness of losing my brother Billy, my girlfriend Jeannie and my dog Nip are enormous," Green said. "They were always supportive and loving and stuck by me during my struggles. Not having them around is a tremendous loss and leaves a void that will never be filled."

Green said he's not sure if he will be able to play golf again. He joined the Champions Tour two years ago after struggling through the final years of his PGA Tour career with mental problems.

Green has talked openly of hearing critical voices in his head that made it difficult to focus on the course. He took 2007 off before joining the seniors.

PGA - Phil Mickelson is looking a bit more at ease, the golf course providing some of the distraction he wanted while he and his wife deal with her breast cancer.

Mickelson just missed a couple birdie attempts and cost himself a stroke when a par putt lipped out. But he didn't get a chance to correct his stroke during the second round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. He marked his tee shot in the 16th fairway, got a ride off the course, and jumped into his car after play was stopped because of looming thunderstorms.

Brian Gay held the clubhouse lead after a 4-under-par 66 put him at 10-under 130.

LPGA - Anna Nordqvist made a 36-foot birdie putt on the final hole to break a tie with Nicole Castrale and take a one-shot lead after two rounds in the LPGA Championship in Havre de Grace, Md.

Nordqvist shot a 70 for an 8-under 136. Castrale stumbled at the outset and charged to the finish while shooting a par 72, and Katherine Hull (69) and Lindsey Wright (68) were 6 under.

Nordqvist began the day in second place, one stroke behind Castrale. Starting on No. 10, Nordqvist birdied three of the first eight holes before losing momentum. She was 2 over during a nine-hole stretch before making her 11th birdie. Michelle Wie (74 -144) and Paula Creamer (70 -144) are eight back.