Lee Trevino Info

Bio and career facts and figures for the golf Hall of Famer

Lee Trevino
Lee Trevino in 1971 after winning the first of his back-to-back British Open titles. A. Jones/Express/Getty Images

Lee Trevino was one of the other greats of the Jack Nicklaus era in PGA Tour history, a 6-time major champion whose career was interrupted by injuries suffered after he was struck by lightning. Despite that, Trevino's achievements place him among the game's greats.

Date of birth: Dec. 1, 1939
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Nickname: Merry Mex

Tour Victories

  • PGA Tour: 29 (view list)
  • Champions Tour: 29 (view list)

    Major Championships

    6

    Awards and Honors

    Famous Quotations

    • Lee Trevino: "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."

    • Lee Trevino: "There is no such thing as a natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls."

    • Lee Trevino: "You can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen."

    More Lee Trevino Quotes

    Trivia

    Lee Trevino was the first golfer to win the U.S. Open, Canadian Open and British Open in the same year.

    Trevino did so in 1971. Only Tiger Woods has accomplished the feat since.

    Lee Trevino Biography

    Lee Trevino rose up from a hardscrabble youth to become one of the greatest golfers of his time, or any time. He did it by hitting millions of golf balls, and he did it with an on-course smile and a wit rarely matched in golf history.

    Trevino was born into poverty and never knew his father. He was raised by his mother and his grandfather, a gravedigger. Lee began working at a very early age, toiling in the Texas cotton fields as young as age 5.

    But when an uncle gave him a rusty golf club and a few beat-up balls, the young Trevino found his calling. He began caddying at age eight, sometimes attending school but more often working or practicing golf.

    At age 17, Trevino joined the Marines and served four years. Following his discharge, he returned to golf, becoming a club pro in 1960. While at an El Paso club in the mid-1960s, the then-unknown Trevino battled the already famous Ray Floyd over three titanic days in one of the most legendary gambling matches in golf history. They came out even.

    Trevino found his way onto the PGA Tour in 1967, and quickly established himself as one of the best. He won the 1968 U.S. Open, and from then until around 1974 was a dominant force. He won all but one of his six majors during that span, and four scoring titles. His 1971 U.S. Open victory is his best-known, as he defeated Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff for the win. Trevino nipped Nicklaus again at the 1972 British Open, the second of his back-to-back wins there.

    Trevino was nearly killed when he was struck by lightning during a tournament in 1975. The injuries he suffered lingered, including back problems, but he recovered to win another Vardon Trophy in 1980. The 1984 PGA Championship was his final major and final PGA Tour victory.

    Trevino was just as good on the Champions Tour, winning 29 times - the same number of wins he had on the PGA Tour and the second-most in the history of the senior tour.

    Trevino is considered one of the best ballstrikers, and one of the most creative ballstrikers, the game has ever seen. He aligned left of his target and faded the ball, and was amazingly consistent at placing the ball right where he wanted it.

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

    Here is the list of golf tournaments won by Lee Trevino on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

    He won 29 times on each tour.

    Trevino's PGA Tour Victories

    1968
    U.S. Open
    Hawaiian Open

    1969
    Tucson Open Invitational

    1970
    Tuscon Open Invitational
    National Airlines Open Invitational

    1971
    Tallahassee Open Invitational
    Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
    U.S. Open
    Canadian Open
    British Open
    Sahara Invitational

    1972
    Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
    British Open
    Greater Hartford Open Invitational
    Greater St. Louis Golf Classic

    1973
    Jackie Gleason Inverrary-National Airlines Classic
    Doral-Eastern Open

    1974
    Greater New Orleans Open Invitational
    PGA Championship

    1975
    Florida Citrus Open

    1976
    Colonial National Invitation

    1977
    Canadian Open

    1978
    Colonial National Invitation

    1979
    Canadian Open

    1980
    Tournament Players Championship
    Danny Thomas Memphis Classic
    San Antonio Texas Open

    1981
    MONY Tournament of Champions

    1984
    PGA Championship

    Trevino's Champions Tour Wins

    1990
    Royal Caribbean Classic
    Aetna Challenge
    Vintage Chrysler Invitational
    Doug Sanders Kingwood Celebrity Classic
    NYNEX Commemorative
    U.S. Senior Open
    Transamerica Senior Golf Championship

    1991
    Aetna Challenge
    Vantage at The Dominion
    Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic

    1992
    Vantage at The Dominion
    The Tradition
    PGA Seniors Championship
    Las Vegas Senior Classic
    Bell Atlantic Classic

    1993
    Cadillac NFL Golf Classic
    Nationwide Championship
    Vantage Championship

    1994
    Royal Caribbean Classic
    PGA Seniors Championship
    PaineWebber Invitational
    Bell Atlantic Classic
    BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland
    Northville Long Island Classic

    1995
    Northville Long Island Classic
    The Transamerica

    1996
    Emerald Coast Classic

    1998
    Southwestern Bell Dominion

    2000
    Cadillac NFL Classic