Lee Trevino Biography

Lee Trevino is one of the most successful American professional golfers. This biography gives information about his childhood, life, achievements and timeline.

Lee Trevino
Quick Facts

Nick Name: The Merry Mex, Supermex

Birthday: December 1, 1939

Nationality: American

Famous: Golfers American Men

Age: 79 Years, 79 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Lee Buck Trevino

Born in: Dallas, Texas

Famous as: Golfer

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Claudia Trevino

father: Joseph Trevino

mother: Juanita Trevino

children: Daniel Lee Trevino, Lesley Ann Trevino, Olivia Leigh Trevino, Richard Trevino, Tony Lee Trevino, Troy Trevino

U.S. State: Texas

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awards: 1971 - PGA Player of the Year
1970 - Vardon Trophy
1971 - Vardon Trophy

1972 - Vardon Trophy
1974 - Vardon Trophy
1980 - Vardon Trophy
1980 - Byron Nelson Award
1990 - Jack Nicklaus Trophy
1992 - Jack Nicklaus Trophy
1994 - Jack Nicklaus Trophy
1990 - Arnold Palmer Award
1992 - Arnold Palmer Award
1990 - Rookie of the Year
1990 - Byron Nelson Award
1991 - Byron Nelson Award
1992 - Byron Nelson Award
1971 - Sportsman of the Year
1971 - Male Athlete of the Year

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Lee Trevino is one of the most successful American professional golfers. Born into abject poverty, he endured a difficult childhood. He could not attend school regularly, and became a caddy. Being a caddy meant that he could watch many professionals at play, and also practice his golf shots. Soon, he progressed from being a caddy to playing golf as a U.S Marine and a hustler gambling on his golf shots, to a successful rookie professional golfer. His first success came at the U. S Open at Oakhill. His best year came in the early 1970s, when, in a span of just twenty days he had added the Canadian Open and the British Open to his second U.S Open title. His 29 career wins include six major championships. He has the distinction of being one of the four golfers to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship (the British Open) and the PGA Championship. The only major title that eluded him was the Augusta Masters, a tournament he bypassed many times because he felt that his style could never win there. Off the golf course, he was reclusive, but on it, was an avid chatter and very witty. Nicknamed "the Merry Mex" and "Supermex", he emerged as a face of hope and success for many Mexican Americans.

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Lee Trevino
Childhood & Early Life
  • Lee Trevino was born on December 1, 1939, in Dallas, in a poor Mexican-American family. He was brought up by his mother Juanita Trevino with the help of his grandfather Joe Trevino, a gravedigger, after his father Joseph abandoned the family.
  • He had a difficult childhood and could not attend school regularly as he had to supplement the family’s income. By five, he started working in the cotton fields.
  • His association with golf began when his uncle presented him an old golf club and some balls. At fourteen, he became a full-time caddy at the Dallas Athletic Club.
  • At 17, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and for the next four years, he could play golf with the Corp’s officers and participate in Asian golf events.
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Career
  • Discharged from the Marines in 1960, he turned professional at the club level. Six years later, he entered the U.S. Open. He did well to make the cut and tied at the 54th spot.
  • The U.S. Open in 1967 was a watershed in his career. He finished fifth, just 8 shots behind the eventual champion Jack Nicklaus. He also automatically qualified for the following year’s open.
  • 1971 was a golden year for him. In a span of 20 days, he won the U.S. Open, Canadian Open and the British Open to become the first player to win those three titles in the same year.
  • In 1972, he beat favorite Jack Nicklaus in the British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, to become the only player to successfully defend the title since Arnold Palmer, who did it ten years earlier.
  • He won his first PGA Championship in 1974, but was struck by lightning at the Western Open in Chicago the following year, which caused injury to his spine and he had to undergo a surgery to to remove a damaged spinal disk.
  • His last PGA Tour success came in the 1984 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama. He bettered Hal Sutton's 10-under event record, set the year before, with a 15-under-par score of 273.
  • He began playing the Senior Tour towards the end of 1989, and won seven titles the next year. The most remarkable of these triumphs was over Nicklaus at the U.S. Senior Open.
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  • He boycotted the Augusta Masters tournament many times because the course did not suit his style, and he never did well there. Later, he admitted that boycotting the tournament was a big mistake.
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Major Wins
  • At the 1968 U.S. Open at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in New York, Trevino won his first major title, beating defending champion Jack Nicklaus, by four strokes.
  • He won three titles in a year in 1971, first defeating Nicklaus in the U.S. Open, and in the next three weeks, winning the Canadian Open (the first of three), and the British Open.
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Awards & Achievements
  • During his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors.
  • In 1970, he was awarded the PGA Tour leading money winner with $157,037. The following year, he won the PGA Player of the Year with six wins, but the leading money winner was Jack Nicklaus.
  • Between 1970 and 1980, he won the Vardon Trophy, named after the legendary golfer, and given by the PGA of America to the PGA Tour's leader in scoring average, five times.
  • In 1971, he was honored with two significant awards – Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for embodying “the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement”, and the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.&In the 1990s, he won the Arnold Palmer Award twice for being the player to win the highest Champions Tour money in a season, and the Byron Nelson Award thrice for the lowest average.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Trevino married Claudia Bove in1983, after his first two marriages to Claudia Fenley and Linda ended in divorce. He fathered six children, Richard, Daniel, Tony, Lesley Ann, Troy and Olivia, from his three marriages.
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Trivia
  • This golf great played himself in the Adam Sandler starrer movie ‘Happy Gilmore’; the movie was about a fictional failed hockey player with an unrealized talent for golf.
  • Known for his wit, this golfer quipped, “You make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work”.
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