About Lee Trevino

Many golfers are self-made, but the man who made the most out of what he started with has to be Lee Trevino. Trevino rose from an east Dallas three room shack with no plumbing to become inarguably the most consistent "shot-maker‟ the game has ever seen. As a boy, Trevino was in the cotton fields working by the time he was five. "I thought hard work was just how life was,'' he said. His family's home was 100 yards from the seventh fairway of the Dallas Athletic Club, and by the time Trevino was eight, he was caddying. With his agile mind, a tremendous work ethic and a natural athletic performance, Trevino carved his way to the top in a story unlike most others in golf history. When he burst onto the golf scene he was a squat 5-foot-7, 180-pound ball of fire whose rapid wit made players and galleries laugh, and whose game commanded their respect. In June 1968, the still unknown 28-year-old won the U.S. Open at Oak Hill with a record-tying score of 275. Three years later, Trevino won his second U.S. Open, this time at Merion in a classic 18-hole playoff with Jack Nicklaus.

Within 20 days he added the Canadian Open and the British Open at Royal Birkdale, completing an unprecedented international sweep. The next year he won the British Open again, this time at Muirfield. His final two major championships would come in the PGA, first at Tanglewood in 1974, and finally at Shoal Creek in 1984. A turning point in his career came when he played at Shady Oaks in Fort Worth and saw Ben Hogan on the practice range. From that day on, Trevino honed a fade that would make him one of the most accurate players the game has ever seen. Sometimes he would yell, "Don't move, hole!'' when he'd hit an iron at the pin. Trevino did it with a strong grip, stood with his body aligned well left of his target and essentially shoved the ball outward with a strong blocking action of his left side. British writer Leonard Crawley called it "an agrarian method," but perhaps no one has ever hit the ball as consistently solid. Lee Trevino's record wins on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour and his lively character with the players and crowds has made him a favorite both on the course and off.