45 Facts About Lee Trevino


Lee Buck Trevino was born on December 1,1939 and is an American retired professional golfer who is regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history.

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Lee Trevino was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.

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Lee Trevino is one of only four players to twice win the US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

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Lee Trevino is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred to as "The Merry Mex" and "Supermex, " both affectionate nicknames given to him by other golfers.

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Lee Trevino was born in Garland, Texas, into a family of Mexican ancestry.

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Lee Trevino was raised by his mother, Juanita Trevino, and his grandfather, Joe Trevino, a gravedigger.

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Lee Trevino never knew his father, Joseph Lee Trevino, who left when his son was small.

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Lee Trevino was introduced to golf when his uncle gave him a few golf balls and an old golf club.

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Lee Trevino then spent his free time sneaking into nearby country clubs to practice and began as a caddie at the Dallas Athletic Club, near his home.

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Lee Trevino was able to practice golf since the caddies had three short holes behind their shack.

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When Lee Trevino turned 17 in December 1956, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served four years as a machine gunner and was discharged in December 1960 as a corporal with the 3rd Marine Division.

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Lee Trevino spent part of his time playing golf with Marine Corps officers.

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Lee Trevino played successfully in Armed Forces golf events in Asia, where one rival was Orville Moody, who would follow Trevino to the PGA Tour in the late 1960s.

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Lee Trevino made extra money by gambling for stakes in head-to-head matches.

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Lee Trevino earned $6,000 for finishing fifth, which earned him Tour privileges for the rest of the 1967 season.

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Lee Trevino won $26,472 as a rookie, 45th on the PGA Tour money list, and was named Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest.

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In 1968, his second year on the circuit, Lee Trevino won the US Open at Oak Hill Country Club, in Rochester, New York, four strokes ahead of runner-up Nicklaus, the defending champion.

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Lee Trevino was at his best in the early 1970s, when he was Jack Nicklaus's chief rival.

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Lee Trevino won the money list title in 1970, and had six wins in 1971 and four wins in 1972.

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Lee Trevino had a remarkable string of victories during a 20-day span in the summer of 1971.

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Lee Trevino defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 US Open.

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Lee Trevino was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1971.

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Lee Trevino won Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" and was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

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In 1972 at Muirfield in Scotland, Lee Trevino became the first player to successfully defend The Open Championship since Arnold Palmer in 1962.

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Lee Trevino chipped in from rough on the back of the green for a par on the 17th.

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Lee Trevino holed out four times from off the greens during the tournament.

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Lee Trevino won the title by a stroke, again over Nicklaus, the fourth and final time Nicklaus was a runner-up in a major to Trevino.

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At the Western Open near Chicago in 1975, Lee Trevino was struck by lightning, and suffered injuries to his spine.

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Lee Trevino underwent surgery to remove a damaged spinal disk, but back problems continued to hamper his play.

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Lee Trevino had 3 PGA Tour wins in 1980 and finished runner-up to Tom Watson in the 1980 Open Championship.

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At the age of 44, Lee Trevino won his sixth and final major at the PGA Championship in 1984, with a 15-under-par score of 273, becoming the first player to shoot all four rounds under 70 in the PGA Championship.

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Lee Trevino was the runner-up the following year in 1985, attempting to become the first repeat champion since Denny Shute in 1937.

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From 1968 to 1981 inclusive, Lee Trevino won at least one PGA Tour event a year, a streak of 14 seasons.

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Lee Trevino won more than 20 international and unofficial professional tournaments.

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Lee Trevino was one of the charismatic stars who was instrumental in making the Senior PGA Tour an early success.

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Lee Trevino claimed 29 senior wins, including four senior majors.

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Lee Trevino finished runner-up in the 1969 and 1970 Dunlop International and ultimately won down under at the 1973 Chrysler Classic.

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Lee Trevino won an event on the Japan Golf Tour, the Casio World Open in 1981.

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Lee Trevino was invited to play at the very prestigious Piccadilly World Match Play Championship three times.

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In 2014 Lee Trevino was named "Golf Professional Emeritus" at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a position previously held by Sam Snead and Tom Watson.

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At the Masters Tournament in 1989,49-year-old Lee Trevino opened with a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to become the oldest to lead the field after a round in the tournament.

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Lee Trevino did not accept invitations to the Masters in 1970,1971, and 1974.

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Lee Trevino complained that had he not qualified as a player, the club would not have let him onto the grounds except through the kitchen.

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Lee Trevino grabbed the rubbery object and playfully tossed it at Nicklaus, getting a scream from a nearby woman and a hearty laugh from Nicklaus.

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Lee Trevino made a notable cameo appearance in the comedy Happy Gilmore.

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