• Wins
    2
  • Turned Pro
    1960
  • Previous Opens
    26
  • Champion golfer of the year
    1971
    1972

Lee Trevino

Trevino
From humble origins in Dallas, via a stint with the US Marines and an assistant’s position in El Paso, Lee Trevino became one of the best golfers in the world.
Trevino
  • Served in the Marine Corps for four years from the age of 17 to 21

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  • One of his superstitions is not using a yellow tee

    Fun fact

  • 92

    Professional wins

Merry Mex wins The 100th Open

Lee Trevino won the prestigious 100th Open, held at Royal Birkdale in 1971, he prevailed by 1 stroke over Taiwanese golfer Lu Liang-Huan.

Lee trevino at the open in pictures

trevino goes back to back

Muirfield, 1972

From humble origins in Dallas, via a stint with the US Marines and an assistant’s position in El Paso, Lee Trevino became one of the best golfers in the world.

In his early days he played matches just to make money. “Pressure is playing for $5 when you only have $2 in your pocket,” he said. It was good training.

He went on to win six majors – the US Open, The Open and the PGA Championship twice each – and on four of those occasions he beat Jack Nicklaus into second place. The first time was the 1968 US Open when he became the first player to win a Major with four rounds under 70.

In 1971 he beat Nicklaus in a play-off for the US Open at Merion. Two weeks later he won the Canadian Open and the very next week he won The Open at Royal Birkdale, beating Lu Lian-Huan by a stroke and Tony Jacklin by two.

Trevino

He won back-to-back Opens by beating Nicklaus again at Muirfield, in the process breaking Tony Jacklin’s heart. At the 17th hole, Jacklin had an 18-foot birdie putt to take the lead and possibly win a second Open in four years, but Trevino nonchalantly chipped in for a par – the previous day he had holed out twice in a run of five birdies to finish his third round – and then Jacklin three-putted and bogeyed the last.

Trevino went on to win the 1974 PGA Championship and the same title again in 1984. He survived being struck by lightning, was always chatting and joking on the course, even when his opponents were not listening, and along with a magical touch around the greens had found consistency in his long game by turning a natural draw into a fade.

“You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen,” he said.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
St Andrews 2000
M/C
80
77
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 1995
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 1994
M/C
75
72
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1992
39
69
71
73
74
287
-
Royal Birkdale 1991
17
71
72
71
67
281
-
St Andrews 1990
25
69
70
73
71
283
-
Royal Troon 1989
42
68
73
73
74
288
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1988
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 1987
17
67
74
73
72
286
-
Turnberry 1986
59
80
71
75
75
301
-
Royal St George's 1985
20
73
76
68
71
288
-
St Andrews 1984
14
70
67
75
73
285
-
Royal Birkdale 1983
5
69
66
73
70
278
-
Royal Troon 1982
27
78
72
71
75
296
-
Royal St George's 1981
11
77
67
70
73
287
-
Muirfield 1980
2
68
67
71
69
275
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1979
17
71
73
74
76
294
-
St Andrews 1978
29
75
72
73
71
291
-
Turnberry 1977
4
68
70
72
70
280
-
Carnoustie 1975
40
76
69
73
75
293
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1974
31
79
70
78
74
301
-
Royal Troon 1973
10
75
73
73
68
289
-
Muirfield 1972
1
71
70
66
71
278
-
Royal Birkdale 1971
1
69
70
69
70
278
-
St Andrews 1970
3
68
68
72
77
285
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1969
34
75
72
71
78
296
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