Lee Buck Trevino
At Legends of Golf tourney, Savannah, Georgia, photo by Keith Allison (19 April 2010)
Born: 1 December 1939, Dallas, Texas
"Super Mex" was born in poverty to parents of Mexican descent, he never knew his father and was raised by his mother and her father, a gravedigger. He first worked in the cotton fields at age five. He started playing golf with one rusty club and some used balls, sneaking into country clubs to practice. At eight he started caddying, after eighth grade he had to quit school and worked full time, caddying and shining shoes. At seventeen he joined the Marine Corps and spent four years, although the last year and a half was mostly spent golfing with officers. He has said that learning to be a desirable golf partner was what got him his sergeant's stripes. 1967 was his first year on the PGA circuit, he came in fifth in the US Open and was 45th in the money rankings for the year. The next year he won the Open for the first time, he has 29 PGA Tour wins, 21 other pro wins, and six majors to his credit. He joined the senior tour in 1991 and is still playing, with 29 wins on the Champions Tour and ten other wins. He has a boatload of awards and two ex-wives.
Lee Trevino quotes:
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- A hungry dog hunts best. permalink
- But I can understand only three Australians and eight Japanese in the field. The Japanese buy more in the pro shop. They just backup a truck there and take everything. They're not dummies up at Augusta. They said, 'Invite more Japanese, they'll buy a lot of stuff.' The Aussies, nah, they won't buy anything. The beer isn't strong enough for them. permalink
- Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course. permalink
- Golf isn't just my business, it's my hobby. permalink
- How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice. permalink
- I adore the game of golf. I won't ever retire. permalink
- I love it. I don't know if I love it as much as Arnold Palmer, but I think I am close. I can't wait to get up in the mornings because I know I am going out to play golf. The game has been very good to me. Much has been said about when I am going to retire but I never will. permalink
- I met Jesse Owens once. He was a remarkable individual, and I have tremendous respect for what he did in the Olympics under the circumstances. permalink
- I never played much golf as a kid. I caddied quite a bit but never got serious into golf until about age fifteen. permalink
- 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. permalink
- I stay away from the telephone if at all possible. permalink
- I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater. permalink
- I still swing the way I used to, but when I look up the ball is going in a different direction. permalink
- If Jack Nicklaus had to play my tee shots, he couldn't break 80. He'd be a pharmacist with a string of drugstores in Ohio. permalink
- I'm a golfaholic. And all the counseling in the world wouldn't help me. permalink
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