Lee Trevino

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Lee Trevino
— Golfer —
Lee Trevino.jpg
Trevino in April 2010
Personal information
Full name Lee Buck Trevino
Nickname The Merry Mex, Supermex
Born (1939-12-01) December 1, 1939 (age 74)
Dallas, Texas
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
Spouse Claudia Fenley (divorced)
Claudia Bove (m. 1983-present)
Children Richard, Lesley Ann, Tony Lee, Troy, Olivia Leigh, Daniel Lee
Career
Turned professional 1960
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 89
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 29 (tied 19th all time)
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Champions Tour 29 (2nd all time)
Other 18 (regular)
10 (senior)
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 6)
Masters Tournament T10: 1975, 1985
U.S. Open Won: 1968, 1971
The Open Championship Won: 1971, 1972
PGA Championship Won: 1974, 1984
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1981 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year 1971
Vardon Trophy 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1980
Byron Nelson Award 1980
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1970
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
(Champions Tour)
1990, 1992, 1994
Arnold Palmer Award
(Champions Tour)
1990, 1992
Rookie of the Year
(Champions Tour)
1990
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
1990, 1991, 1992
Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year
1971
Associated Press
Male Athlete of the Year
1971

Lee Buck Trevino (born December 1, 1939) is an American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The only major that eluded him was the Masters. He is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred to as "The Merry Mex" and "Supermex".[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas into a family of Mexican ancestry, Trevino was raised by his mother, Juanita Trevino, and his grandfather, Joe Trevino, a gravedigger. Trevino never knew his father, Joseph Trevino, who left when his son was small. Trevino's childhood consisted of attending school occasionally and working to earn money for the family. At age 5, he started working in the cotton fields.[2]

Trevino was introduced to golf when his uncle gave him a few golf balls and an old golf club. He then spent his free time sneaking into nearby country clubs to practice, and began as a caddy at the Dallas Athletic Club, near his home. He soon began caddying full-time. Trevino had to leave school at 14 to go to work. He earned $30 a week as a caddy and a shoeshiner.[citation needed] He was also able to practice golf, since the caddies had three short holes behind their shack. After work, he would hit at least 300 balls.

When he turned 17 in December 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served four years as a machine gunner and was discharged in December 1960 as a Corporal with the 3rd Marine Division. Part of his time was spent playing golf with Marine Corps officers. Trevino claims being a golf partner helped earn him promotion to lance corporal. He 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.

Professional career[edit]

After his discharge, Trevino became a club professional in El Paso, Texas, and made extra money by gambling for stakes in head-to-head matches. He qualified for the U.S. Open in 1966, made the cut, and tied for 54th, earning $600. He qualified again in 1967 and shot 283 (+3), eight shots behind champion Jack Nicklaus, and only four behind runner-up Arnold Palmer. Trevino earned $6,000 for finishing fifth, which earned him Tour privileges for the rest of the 1967 season. He won $26,472 as a rookie, 45th on the PGA Tour money list, and was named Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest. The fifth place finish at the U.S. Open also earned him an exemption into the following year's event.

In 1968, his second year on the circuit, Trevino won the U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club, in Rochester, New York, four strokes ahead of runner-up Nicklaus, the defending champion. During his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. He was at his best in the early 1970s, when he was Jack Nicklaus's chief rival. He won the money list title in 1970, and had six wins in 1971 and four wins in 1972.

Trevino had a remarkable spell during a span of 20 days in the summer of 1971. He defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open. Two weeks later, he won the Canadian Open (the first of three), and the following week won The Open Championship (British Open), becoming the first player to win those three titles in the same year. Trevino was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1971. He also won Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year"[3] and was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

In 1972 at Muirfield in Scotland, Trevino became the first player to successfully defend The Open Championship since Arnold Palmer in 1962. In a remarkable third round at Muirfield, Trevino had five consecutive birdies from the 14th through the 18th, holing a bunker shot on the 16th and sinking a 30–foot chip on the 18th for a round of 66. In the final round, Trevino was tied for the lead on the 17th tee with Tony Jacklin. Trevino chipped in from rough on the back of the green for a par on the 17th. A shaken Jacklin three-putted the same hole from 15 feet for a bogey. Trevino parred the 18th hole for a final round of 71, winning him the Open by a stroke over Nicklaus, with Jacklin finishing third. Trevino holed out four times from off the greens during the tournament. Nicklaus had won the first two majors of the year and fell just short in the third leg of the grand slam.[4] After holing his chip shot on the 17th in the final round, Trevino said: "I'm the greatest chipper in the world."[5]

In the PGA Championship in 1974, Trevino won the fifth of his six major championships. He won the title by a stroke, again over Nicklaus, the fourth and final time he was a runner-up in a major to Trevino.

At the Western Open near Chicago in 1975, Trevino was struck by lightning and suffered injuries to his spine. He underwent surgery to remove a damaged spinal disk, but back problems continued to hamper his play. Nevertheless, he was ranked second in McCormack's World Golf Rankings in 1980 behind Tom Watson. Trevino had 3 PGA Tour wins in 1980 and finished runner-up to Tom Watson in the 1980 Open Championship. At the age of 44, 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.[6] He was the runner-up the following year in 1985, attempting to become the first repeat champion since Denny Shute in 1937

In the early 1980s, Trevino was second on the PGA Tour's career money list, behind only Nicklaus.[7] From 1968 to 1981 inclusive, Trevino won at least one PGA Tour event a year, a streak of 14 seasons. In addition to his PGA Tour victories, Trevino won more than 20 international and unofficial professional tournaments. He was one of the charismatic stars who was instrumental in making the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) an early success. He claimed 29 senior wins, including four senior majors. He topped the seniors' money list in 1990 and 1992.

From 1983 to 1989 Trevino worked as a color analyst for PGA Tour coverage on NBC television.

Boycotts of the Masters tournament[edit]

In the 1989 Masters, at the age of 49, Trevino shot an opening five-under-par round of 67 to become the oldest man ever to lead the field after a round in the tournament. It came despite Trevino's words 20 years earlier, when he said after the 1969 Masters: "Dont talk to me about the Masters. I'm never going to play there again. They can invite me all they want, but I'm not going back. It's just not my type of course."[8] Trevino said that he felt uncomfortable with the atmosphere at the Augusta National club and that he disliked the course because his style of play, where he liked to fade shots left to right, was not suited to the course.[9]

Trevino boycotted the Masters in 1970, 1971 and again in 1974. In 1972, after boycotting the previous two Masters tournaments, he stored his shoes and other items in the trunk of his car, rather than use the locker room facilities in the clubhouse. Trevino complained that had he not qualified as a player, the club would not have let him onto the grounds except through the kitchen. But he later described his boycotts of the Masters as "the greatest mistake I've made in my career" and called Augusta National "the eighth wonder of the world."[10]

After his opening round of 67 in the 1989 Masters, Trevino finished the tournament tied for 18th place. His best finish at the Masters was a tie for 10th place twice: in 1975 and in 1985.

Playing style[edit]

His self–taught style, distinguished by an out-to-in swing designed to fade the ball (which he devised to combat a chronic hook), led to many exciting shots and skins game victories. He used an open stance and a strong grip, was never a long hitter, but was renowned for his accuracy under pressure, as well as a very creative short game. Trevino never had an instructor or coach, stating he never met one he couldn't beat on the golf course.

Distinctions and honors[edit]

  • Trevino was the first player to shoot all four regulation rounds under par at the U.S. Open. At Oak Hill in 1968, Trevino played rounds of 69-68-69-69.
  • A major avenue in El Paso, Texas was named after him, and streets in Rio Rancho and Belen, New Mexico.
  • Trevino played for the United States in the Ryder Cup six times (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981), and had an impressive 17–7–6 (.667) record. He also served as team captain in 1985.
  • Trevino won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average five times: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1980.
  • Trevino has established numerous scholarships and other financial aid to Mexican-Americans.
  • He co-authored his autobiography, titled They Call Me Super Mex.
  • Trevino was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • In 2000, Trevino was ranked as the 14th-greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine.[11]

Humor[edit]

Throughout his career, Trevino was seen as approachable and humorous, and was frequently quoted by the press. Late in his career, he remarked, "I played the tour in 1967 and told jokes and nobody laughed. Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell."[12]

At the beginning of Trevino's 1971 U.S. Open playoff against Jack Nicklaus, he threw a rubber snake that his daughter had put in his bag as a joke, at Nicklaus, who later admitted that he asked Trevino to throw it to him so he could see it.Trevino grabbed the rubbery object and playfully tossed it at Nicklaus, getting a scream from a nearby woman and a hearty laugh from Nicklaus. Trevino shot a 68 to defeat Nicklaus by three strokes.[13]

During one tournament, Tony Jacklin, paired with Trevino, said: "Lee, I don't want to talk today." Trevino retorted: "I don't want you to talk. I just want you to listen."[14]

After he was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open, Trevino was asked by a reporter what he would do if he were out on the course and it began to storm again. Trevino answered he would take out his 1 iron and point it to the sky, "because not even God can hit the 1-iron." Trevino said later in an interview with David Feherty that he must have tempted God the week before by staying outside during a lighting delay to entertain the crowds, saying "I deserved to get hit...God can hit a 1-iron".

Trevino has also said: "I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years. I've traveled the world and been about everywhere you can imagine. There's not anything I'm scared of except my wife."[15] Trevino has called his wife, Claudia, "his rock." He also credits her with jumpstarting his career again when he considered retiring due to old age, saying "those clubs don't know how old you are."

In Trevino's early career, much attention was given by the press to a plastic "BandAid" he wore on his forearm to cover a tattoo of the name of his ex-wife. He has since had this tattoo removed by a plastic surgeon using a laser technique.

Trevino had a cameo appearance in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.

Professional wins (89)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (29)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 16, 1968 U.S. Open −5 (69-68-69-69=275) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
2 Nov 10, 1968 Hawaiian Open −16 (68-71-65-68=272) 2 strokes United States George Archer
3 Feb 23, 1969 Tucson Open Invitational −17 (67-70-68-66=271) 7 strokes United States Miller Barber
4 Feb 15, 1970 Tucson Open Invitational (2) −13 (66-68-72-69=275) Playoff United States Bob Murphy
5 Mar 29, 1970 National Airlines Open Invitational −14 (69-66-68-71=274) Playoff United States Bob Menne
6 Apr 25, 1971 Tallahassee Open Invitational −15 (69-67-69-68=273) 3 strokes United States Jim Wiechers
7 May 30, 1971 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic −12 (66-66-69-67=268) 4 strokes United States Lee Elder, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Randy Wolff, United States Jerry Heard
8 Jun 21, 1971 U.S. Open (2) Even (70-72-69-69=280) Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus
9 Jul 4, 1971 Canadian Open −18 (73-68-67-67=275) Playoff United States Art Wall, Jr.
10 Jul 10, 1971 The Open Championship −14 (69-70-69-70=278) 1 stroke Taiwan Lu Liang-Huan
11 Oct 31, 1971 Sahara Invitational −8 (69-72-73-66=280) 1 stroke United States George Archer
12 May 21, 1972 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (2) +1 (70-72-72-67=281) 4 strokes United States John Mahaffey
13 Jul 15, 1972 The Open Championship (2) −6 (71-70-66-71=278) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
14 Sep 4, 1972 Greater Hartford Open Invitational −15 (64-68-72-65=269) Playoff United States Lee Elder
15 Sep 17, 1972 Greater St. Louis Golf Classic −11 (65-68-66-70=269) 1 stroke United States Deane Beman
16 Feb 25, 1973 Jackie Gleason Inverrary-
National Airlines Classic
−9 (69-69-69-72=279) 1 stroke United States Forrest Fezler
17 Mar 11, 1973 Doral-Eastern Open −12 (64-70-71-71=276) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Tom Weiskopf
18 Mar 31, 1974 Greater New Orleans Open −21 (67-68-67-65=267) 8 strokes South Africa Bobby Cole, United States Ben Crenshaw
19 Aug 11, 1974 PGA Championship −4 (73-66-68-69=276) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
20 Mar 9, 1975 Florida Citrus Open −12 (69-66-70-71=276) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
21 May 16, 1976 Colonial National Invitation −7 (68-64-68-73=273) 1 stroke United States Mike Morley
22 Jul 24, 1977 Canadian Open (2) −8 (67-68-71-74=280) 4 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
23 May 14, 1978 Colonial National Invitation −12 (66-68-68-66=268) 4 strokes United States Jerry Heard, United States Jerry Pate
24 Jun 24, 1979 Canadian Open (3) −7 (67-71-72-71=281) 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw
25 Mar 23, 1980 Tournament Players Championship −10 (68-72-68-70=278) 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw
26 Jun 29, 1980 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (3) −16 (67-68-68-69=272) 1 stroke United States Tom Purtzer
27 Sep 21, 1980 San Antonio Texas Open −15 (66-67-67-65=265) 1 stroke United States Terry Diehl
28 Apr 19, 1981 MONY Tournament of Champions −15 (67-67-70-69=273) 2 strokes United States Raymond Floyd
29 Aug 19, 1984 PGA Championship (2) −15 (69-68-67-69=273) 4 strokes South Africa Gary Player, United States Lanny Wadkins

PGA Tour playoff record (5–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1970 Tucson Open Invitational United States Bob Murphy Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1970 National Airlines Open Invitational United States Bob Menne Won with par on second extra hole
3 1970 Kaiser International Open Invitational United States Ken Still, United States Bert Yancey Still won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1971 Kemper Open United States Dale Douglass, South Africa Gary Player, United States Tom Weiskopf Weiskopf won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1971 U.S. Open United States Jack Nicklaus Won 18-hole playoff (Trevino:68, Nicklaus:71)
6 1971 Canadian Open United States Art Wall, Jr. Won with birdie on second extra hole
7 1972 Greater Hartford Open United States Lee Elder Won with birdie on first extra hole
8 1978 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic United States Andy Bean Lost to birdie on first extra hole
9 1978 Greater Milwaukee Open United States Lee Elder Lost to par on eighth extra hole
10 1980 Michelob-Houston Open United States Curtis Strange Lost to birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (18)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (29)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 4, 1990 Royal Caribbean Classic −10 (71-67-68=206) 1 stroke United States Butch Baird, United States Jim Dent
2 Feb 18, 1990 Aetna Challenge −16 (66-67-67=200) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton
3 Mar 4, 1990 Vintage Chrysler Invitational −11 (66-67-72=205) 1 stroke United States Dale Douglass, United States Mike Hill,
United States Don Massengale
4 May 20, 1990 Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic −13 (67-67-69=203) 6 strokes South Africa Gary Player
5 Jun 3, 1990 NYNEX Commemorative −11 (66-66-67=199) Playoff United States Mike Fetchick, United States Jimmy Powell,
United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
6 Jul 1, 1990 U.S. Senior Open −13 (67-68-73-67=275) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
7 Oct 21, 1990 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship −11 (73-67-65=205) 2 strokes United States Mike Hill
8 Feb 17, 1991 Aetna Challenge −11 (71-68-66=205) 1 stroke United States Dale Douglass
9 Mar 17, 1991 Vantage at The Dominion −7 (67-70=137) 2 strokes United States Mike Hill, United States Charles Coody,
United States Rocky Thompson
10 Aug 25, 1991 Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic −16 (66-65-69=200) 4 strokes United States Jim O'Hern, United States Chi Chi Rodríguez
11 Mar 15, 1992 Vantage at The Dominion −15 (68-66-67=201) 2 strokes United States Chi Chi Rodríguez
12 Apr 5, 1992 The Tradition −14 (67-69-68-70=274) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
13 Apr 19, 1992 PGA Seniors' Championship −10 (72-64-71-71=278) 1 stroke United States Mike Hill
14 May 3, 1992 Las Vegas Senior Classic −10 (71-68-67=206) 1 stroke United States Orville Moody
15 May 24, 1992 Bell Atlantic Classic −5 (65-72-68=205) 1 stroke United States Gibby Gilbert
16 May 30, 1993 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic −7 (67-70-72=209) 2 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton, United States Raymond Floyd
17 Sep 26, 1993 Nationwide Championship −11 (66-66-73=205) 2 strokes United States George Archer, United States Jim Ferree,
United States Mike Hill, United States Dave Stockton,
United States Rocky Thompson
18 Oct 3, 1993 Vantage Championship −18 (65-67-66=198) 5 strokes United States DeWitt Weaver
19 Feb 6, 1994 Royal Caribbean Classic −8 (66-73-66=205) Playoff United States Kermit Zarley
20 Apr 17, 1994 PGA Seniors' Championship −9 (70-69-70-70=279) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert
21 May 15, 1994 PaineWebber Invitational −13 (70-65-68=203) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert, United States Jimmy Powell
22 May 29, 1994 Bell Atlantic Classic −4 (71-67-68=206) 2 strokes United States Mike Hill
23 Jun 19, 1994 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland −17 (67-65-67=199) 1 stroke United States Jim Albus, United States Dave Stockton
24 Jul 31, 1994 Northville Long Island Classic −16 (66-69-65=200) 7 strokes United States Jim Colbert
25 Aug 20, 1995 Northville Long Island Classic −14 (67-69-66=202) 4 strokes United States Buddy Allin
26 Oct 8, 1995 The Transamerica −15 (66-69-66=201) 3 strokes United States Bruce Summerhays
27 Nov 3, 1996 Emerald Coast Classic −3 (69-70-68=207) Playoff United States Bob Eastwood, United States David Graham,
United States Mike Hill, United States Dave Stockton
28 Mar 29, 1998 Southwestern Bell Dominion −11 (69-69-67=205) 2 strokes United States Mike McCullough
29 Jun 25, 2000 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic −14 (66-67-69=202) 2 strokes United States Walter Hall

Champions Tour playoff record (3–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1990 NYNEX Commemorative United States Mike Fetchick, United States Jimmy Powell
United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
Trevino wins with birdie on fifth extra hole
Powell and Rodríguez eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 1990 New York Life Champions United States Dale Douglass, United States Mike Hill Hill won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1993 Ping Kaanapali Classic United States George Archer, United States Dave Stockton Archer won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1994 Royal Caribbean Classic United States Kermit Zarley Won with par on fourth extra hole
5 1996 Emerald Coast Classic United States Bob Eastwood, United States David Graham,
United States Mike Hill, United States Dave Stockton
Won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1997 Home Depot Invitational United States Jim Dent, United States Larry Gilbert Dent won with birdie on second extra hole
Gilbert eliminated on first hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (10)[edit]

  • 1991 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Mike Hill)
  • 1992 Mitsukoshi Classic, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Mike Hill)
  • 1993 American Express Grandslam
  • 1994 American Express Grandslam
  • 1995 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Mike Hill)
  • 1996 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Mike Hill), Australian PGA Seniors' Championship
  • 2000 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf – Legendary Division (with Mike Hill)
  • 2003 ConAgra Foods Champions Skins Game

Major championships[edit]

Wins (6)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1968 U.S. Open 1 shot deficit −5 (69-68-69-69=275) 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
1971 U.S. Open (2) 4 shot deficit E (70-72-69-69=280) Playoff 1 United States Jack Nicklaus
1971 The Open Championship 1 shot lead −14 (69-70-69-70=278) 1 stroke Taiwan Lu Liang-Huan
1972 The Open Championship (2) 1 shot lead −6 (71-70-66-71=278) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
1974 PGA Championship 1 shot lead −4 (73-66-68-69=276) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
1984 PGA Championship (2) 1 shot lead −15 (69-68-67-69=273) 4 strokes South Africa Gary Player, United States Lanny Wadkins

1 Defeated Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff – Trevino 68 (−2), Nicklaus 71 (+1).

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T40 T19
U.S. Open T54 5 1 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T34
PGA Championship DNP DNP T23 T48
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T33 T43 DNP T10 T28 DNP T14 T12
U.S. Open T8 1 T4 T4 CUT T29 DNP T27 T12 T19
The Open Championship T3 1 1 T10 T31 T40 DNP 4 T29 T17
PGA Championship T26 T13 T11 T18 1 T60 CUT T13 T7 T35
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T26 CUT T38 T20 43 T10 47 CUT CUT T18
U.S. Open T12 CUT CUT DNP T9 CUT T4 CUT T40 CUT
The Open Championship 2 T11 T27 5 T14 T20 T59 T17 CUT T42
PGA Championship 7 DNP DNP T14 1 2 T11 DNP CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament T24 T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T25 T17 T39 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tied for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 2 8 20 17
U.S. Open 2 0 0 6 8 11 23 15
The Open Championship 2 1 1 6 7 14 26 22
PGA Championship 2 1 0 3 5 12 20 16
Totals 6 2 1 15 22 45 89 70
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1969 Open Championship – 1973 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (seven times)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1990 U.S. Senior Open −13 (67–68–73–67=275) 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
1992 The Tradition −14 (67–69–68–70=274) 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
1992 PGA Seniors' Championship −10 (72–64–71–71=278) 1 stroke United States Mike Hill
1994 PGA Seniors' Championship (2) −9 (70–69–70–70=279) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lee Trevino profile". Golf Legends. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.lycos.com/info/lee-trevino--golf.html[dead link]
  3. ^ Kirkpatrick, Curry (December 20, 1971). "Sportsman of the year: a common man with an uncommon touch". Sports Illustrated: 34. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (July 24, 1972). "Slamming The Door On Jack". Sports Illustrated. 
  5. ^ "Nicklaus Misses Slam As Trevino Wins Open". The News and Courier. July 16, 1972. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ McDermott, Barry (August 27, 1984). "It's an old man's game after all". Sports Illustrated: 28. 
  7. ^ "Career Money Leaders – 1981". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ White Jr., Gordon (April 7, 1989). "Wind forces high scores in first round of Masters". Herald-Journal. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ White Jr., Gordon (April 7, 1989). "Trevino, at the Age of 49, Shoots 67 to Lead the Masters". The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ Downey, Mike (April 7, 1989). "Like It or Not, Lee Trevino Is Master of the Masters for a Day". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). "50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us". Golf Digest. Retrieved December 5, 2007. 
  12. ^ Apfelbaum, Jim, ed. (2007). The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60239-014-0. 
  13. ^ "Memorable Video Vignettes – 1971". USGA. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Carter, Bob. ""Merry Mex" was golf's showman". ESPN. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kelley, Brent. "Lee Trevino". About.com. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas (1995). The Mexican American Family Album. New York: Oxford University Press. ASIN B004HOS1EC. 

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