|— Golfer —|
Trevino in April 2010
|Full name||Lee Buck Trevino|
|Nickname||The Merry Mex, Supermex|
December 1, 1939|
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|Nationality||23x15px United States|
Claudia Fenley (divorced)|
Claudia Bove (m. 1983-present)
|Children||Richard, Lesley Ann, Tony Lee, Troy, Olivia Leigh, Daniel Lee|
|Current tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour||29 (tied 19th all time)|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|Champions Tour||29 (2nd all time)|
|Best results in major championships|
|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|
leading money winner
|Jack Nicklaus Trophy|
|1990, 1992, 1994|
|Arnold Palmer Award|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Byron Nelson Award|
|1990, 1991, 1992|
Sportsman of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
Lee Buck Trevino (born December 1, 1939) is a retired 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," both affectionate nicknames given to him by other golfers.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Distinctions and honors
- 5 Humor
- 6 Professional wins (89)
- 7 Major championships
- 8 Champions Tour major championships
- 9 U.S. national team appearances
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
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.
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. 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 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. 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.
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" 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. After holing his chip shot on the 17th in the final round, Trevino said: "I'm the greatest chipper in the world."
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. 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. 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.
Boycotts of the Masters tournament
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: "Don't 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." 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.
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."
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.
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
- 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.
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."
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.
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."
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." 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.
Professional wins (89)
PGA Tour wins (29)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jun 16, 1968||U.S. Open||−5 (69-68-69-69=275)||4 strokes||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|2||Nov 10, 1968||Hawaiian Open||−16 (68-71-65-68=272)||2 strokes||23x15px George Archer|
|3||Feb 23, 1969||Tucson Open Invitational||−17 (67-70-68-66=271)||7 strokes||23x15px Miller Barber|
|4||Feb 15, 1970||Tucson Open Invitational (2)||−13 (66-68-72-69=275)||Playoff||23x15px Bob Murphy|
|5||Mar 29, 1970||National Airlines Open Invitational||−14 (69-66-68-71=274)||Playoff||23x15px Bob Menne|
|6||Apr 25, 1971||Tallahassee Open Invitational||−15 (69-67-69-68=273)||3 strokes||23x15px Jim Wiechers|
|7||May 30, 1971||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic||−12 (66-66-69-67=268)||4 strokes||23x15px Lee Elder, 23x15px Hale Irwin,|
23x15px Randy Wolff, 23x15px Jerry Heard
|8||Jun 21, 1971||U.S. Open (2)||Even (70-72-69-69=280)||Playoff||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|9||Jul 4, 1971||Canadian Open||−18 (73-68-67-67=275)||Playoff||23x15px Art Wall, Jr.|
|10||Jul 10, 1971||The Open Championship||−14 (69-70-69-70=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Lu Liang-Huan|
|11||Oct 31, 1971||Sahara Invitational||−8 (69-72-73-66=280)||1 stroke||23x15px George Archer|
|12||May 21, 1972||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (2)||+1 (70-72-72-67=281)||4 strokes||23x15px John Mahaffey|
|13||Jul 15, 1972||The Open Championship (2)||−6 (71-70-66-71=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|14||Sep 4, 1972||Greater Hartford Open Invitational||−15 (64-68-72-65=269)||Playoff||23x15px Lee Elder|
|15||Sep 17, 1972||Greater St. Louis Golf Classic||−11 (65-68-66-70=269)||1 stroke||23x15px Deane Beman|
|16||Feb 25, 1973||Jackie Gleason Inverrary-
National Airlines Classic
|−9 (69-69-69-72=279)||1 stroke||23x15px Forrest Fezler|
|17||Mar 11, 1973||Doral-Eastern Open||−12 (64-70-71-71=276)||1 stroke||23x15px Bruce Crampton, 23x15px Tom Weiskopf|
|18||Mar 31, 1974||Greater New Orleans Open||−21 (67-68-67-65=267)||8 strokes||23x15px Bobby Cole, 23x15px Ben Crenshaw|
|19||Aug 11, 1974||PGA Championship||−4 (73-66-68-69=276)||1 stroke||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|20||Mar 9, 1975||Florida Citrus Open||−12 (69-66-70-71=276)||1 stroke||23x15px Hale Irwin|
|21||May 16, 1976||Colonial National Invitation||−7 (68-64-68-73=273)||1 stroke||23x15px Mike Morley|
|22||Jul 24, 1977||Canadian Open (2)||−8 (67-68-71-74=280)||4 strokes||23x15px Peter Oosterhuis|
|23||May 14, 1978||Colonial National Invitation||−12 (66-68-68-66=268)||4 strokes||23x15px Jerry Heard, 23x15px Jerry Pate|
|24||Jun 24, 1979||Canadian Open (3)||−7 (67-71-72-71=281)||3 strokes||23x15px Ben Crenshaw|
|25||Mar 23, 1980||Tournament Players Championship||−10 (68-72-68-70=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Ben Crenshaw|
|26||Jun 29, 1980||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (3)||−16 (67-68-68-69=272)||1 stroke||23x15px Tom Purtzer|
|27||Sep 21, 1980||San Antonio Texas Open||−15 (66-67-67-65=265)||1 stroke||23x15px Terry Diehl|
|28||Apr 19, 1981||MONY Tournament of Champions||−15 (67-67-70-69=273)||2 strokes||23x15px Raymond Floyd|
|29||Aug 19, 1984||PGA Championship (2)||−15 (69-68-67-69=273)||4 strokes||23x15px Gary Player, 23x15px Lanny Wadkins|
PGA Tour playoff record (5–5)
|1||1970||Tucson Open Invitational||23x15px Bob Murphy||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1970||National Airlines Open Invitational||23x15px Bob Menne||Won with par on second extra hole|
|3||1970||Kaiser International Open Invitational||23x15px Ken Still, 23x15px Bert Yancey||Still won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1971||Kemper Open||23x15px Dale Douglass, 23x15px Gary Player, 23x15px Tom Weiskopf||Weiskopf won with birdie on first extra hole|
|5||1971||U.S. Open||23x15px Jack Nicklaus||Won 18-hole playoff (Trevino:68, Nicklaus:71)|
|6||1971||Canadian Open||23x15px Art Wall, Jr.||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|7||1972||Greater Hartford Open||23x15px Lee Elder||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|8||1978||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic||23x15px Andy Bean||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|9||1978||Greater Milwaukee Open||23x15px Lee Elder||Lost to par on eighth extra hole|
|10||1980||Michelob-Houston Open||23x15px Curtis Strange||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
European Tour wins (2)
Japan Golf Tour wins (1)
- 1981 Casio World Open
Other wins (18)
- 1965 Texas State Open
- 1966 Texas State Open, New Mexico Open
- 1969 World Cup (with Orville Moody and individual title)
- 1971 World Cup (with Jack Nicklaus)
- 1972 New Mexico Open
- 1973 Chrysler Classic (Australia), Mexican Open
- 1974 World Series of Golf (not yet a PGA Tour event)
- 1975 Mexican Open
- 1977 Morocco Grand Prix
- 1978 Lancome Trophy (unofficial European Tour)
- 1979 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1980 Lancome Trophy (unofficial European Tour)
- 1981 Sun City Classic (South Africa), PGA Grand Slam of Golf (United States – unofficial event)
- 1983 Canadian PGA Championship
- 1987 Skins Game
Champions Tour wins (29)
Champions Tour playoff record (3–3)
|1||1990||NYNEX Commemorative||23x15px Mike Fetchick, 23x15px Jimmy Powell
23x15px 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||23x15px Dale Douglass, 23x15px Mike Hill||Hill won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||1993||Ping Kaanapali Classic||23x15px George Archer, 23x15px Dave Stockton||Archer won with birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1994||Royal Caribbean Classic||23x15px Kermit Zarley||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
|5||1996||Emerald Coast Classic||23x15px Bob Eastwood, 23x15px David Graham,
23x15px Mike Hill, 23x15px Dave Stockton
|Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1997||Home Depot Invitational||23x15px Jim Dent, 23x15px 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)
- 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
|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||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1971||U.S. Open (2)||4 shot deficit||E (70-72-69-69=280)||Playoff 1||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1971||The Open Championship||1 shot lead||−14 (69-70-69-70=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Lu Liang-Huan|
|1972||The Open Championship (2)||1 shot lead||−6 (71-70-66-71=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1974||PGA Championship||1 shot lead||−4 (73-66-68-69=276)||1 stroke||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1984||PGA Championship (2)||1 shot lead||−15 (69-68-67-69=273)||4 strokes||23x15px Gary Player, 23x15px Lanny Wadkins|
1 Defeated Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff – Trevino 68 (−2), Nicklaus 71 (+1).
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T34|
|The Open Championship||T3||1||1||T10||T31||T40||DNP||4||T29||T17|
|The Open Championship||2||T11||T27||5||T14||T20||T59||T17||CUT||T42|
|The Open Championship||T25||T17||T39||DNP||CUT||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT|
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.
|The Open Championship||2||1||1||6||7||14||26||22|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1969 Open Championship – 1973 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (seven times)
Champions Tour major championships
|1990||U.S. Senior Open||−13 (67–68–73–67=275)||2 strokes||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1992||The Tradition||−14 (67–69–68–70=274)||1 stroke||23x15px Jack Nicklaus|
|1992||PGA Seniors' Championship||−10 (72–64–71–71=278)||1 stroke||23x15px Mike Hill|
|1994||PGA Seniors' Championship (2)||−9 (70–69–70–70=279)||1 stroke||23x15px Jim Colbert|
U.S. national team appearances
- Ryder Cup: 1969 (tied), 1971 (winners), 1973 (winners), 1975 (winners), 1979 (winners), 1981 (winners), 1985 (non-playing captain)
- World Cup: 1968, 1969 (winners, individual winner), 1970, 1971 (winners), 1974
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- Hispanics in the United States Marine Corps
- List of golfers with most Champions Tour wins
- List of golfers with most Champions Tour major championship wins
- List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- List of men's major championships winning golfers
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- Lee Trevino at the Japan Golf Tour official site
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