Lee Trevino


Born: December 1st, 1939 in Dallas, Texas
Nationality: American
Famous For: Winning six major championships
Awards: Vardon Trophy, World Golf Hall of Fame

Unlike many other successful golfers, Lee Trevino humble beginnings are distinct. He rose up from adversity in east Dallas and never hid his shining light to the world. His passion for golf was arguably given a shove by his consistency through unwavering hard work, a resolute mindset and an opportunistic persona that helped him carve towards the top of golf. He might be considered a funny guy when he walks down the golf course with his 5’7” height, but the kind of respect he commands through his golfing skills simply makes him a remarkable model.

Early Life

Lee never knew his father, he was raised by his mother and grandfather in a three-room shack with no plumbing in east Dallas, Texas. The grandfather earned a living by digging graves, the devastating economy at the time forced Trevino to work in the cotton fields at a very young age. It was through his uncle, who gave him a tarnished golf club and a few golf balls, that his hands and heart found their place. Doing manual hard work in the field was an everyday activity, and he had to accept the fact that hard work was indispensable and one day it would pay off.

At the age of 8, everything started falling into place just like a jigsaw puzzle. His home was just 100 yards from Dallas Athletic Club where he started as caddy. It is from this job that Lee Trevino began unleashing his killer instincts for golf and he would bet his daily wages on games. His interest in golf got to the extent of quitting school in order to work at a driving range and practice golfing by hitting over a hundred balls each day.

As he was coming of age, his skills honed relentlessly. At age 17, he joined the marines in a compulsory program. However, he did not give up on his dream even though he had the instincts of a hustler and gambler; he would play money games in El Paso and Dallas. In a quote he said, “You don’t know what pressure is until you play for five bucks with only two in your pocket.”

Golfing Career

Although he had illustrated some prowess by shooting a 77 at a junior tournament, his true turning point came at Shady Oaks in Fort Worth where he saw Ben Hogan practice. This moment in life was a stimulant in his track record of accuracy. If you have seen him play, you recognize him with his strong grip, his body firmly planted on the ground and a final unique yet strong swaying action on the left side of his target. His golf victories with regards to accuracy are unparalleled; he won the U.S. open in 1968 and held this dominant triumph until 1974. He won 6 major championships during this period and 4 scoring titles. His best-known U.S. open victory was when he beat Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff. In a nutshell, he has won 29 times in his championship tour and had also been dubbed the PGA player of the year in 1971.

Today, Lee Trevino still holds the best ball striker title. He still maintains his resilient attitude from his upbringing that always keeps him going and has been an inspiration to many upcoming golfers.