Walter Iooss, Jr./SI
Friday, November 06, 2009

Raised in a three-room shack without plumbing or a father, Lee Trevino overcame more than anyone to become a golfing great. He began working at 5 and taught himself to play on the course near his home, and built on that experience as a caddie and driving range hand. When he finally made it to the PGA Tour, he won 29 events, including six majors, and then added another 29 wins on the senior tour. His crowning moment was winning an 18-hole playoff over Jack Nicklaus at the 1971 U.S. Open at Merion, a round of golf the Merry Mex began by pulling a rubber snake from his bag and flinging it at Nicklaus.\n

Lee Trevino: My Life in Pictures
Lee Trevino on
Lee Trevino in the SI Vault
• Lee Trevino Videos: SI Vault | Youtube
Lee Trevino World Golf Hall of Fame Profile\n

Golf Magazine Interview
Cameron Morfit interviewed Trevino in March 2006 for Golf Magazine\n

Lee Trevino's Major Championships
1968 U.S. Open: Eyes Right...but Wrong, By Dan Jenkins
1971 U.S. Open: Remember The Battle Of Merion, By Dan Jenkins
1971 British Open: Now For The Mexican Open, By Dan Jenkins
1972 British Open: Slamming The Door On Jack, By Dan Jenkins
1974 PGA Championship: He Left Them Laughing, By Dan Jenkins
1984 PGA Championship: It's An Old Man's Game After All, By Barry McDermott

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