1976: Lee Trevino wins the Colonial Invitational for his 1st victory in his home state of Texas

Trevino

Trevino finally breaks through in Texas

Lee Trevino, shaken and unsteady and with his game on the verge of collapse, parlayed a lucky break into a birdie that turned back Mike Morley and enabled him to win the Colonial national invitation golf tournament today. It was the first victory of his pro career in Texas.


Fact: In 1975 there was no Colonial Invitational…Instead Colonial Country Club hosted the 1975 Players Championship eventually won by Al Geiberger.


Morley, who had yet to win on the pro tour, came from five shots off the pace, took the lead at one time and was tied with Trevino for the top spot when they went to the tee on the 16th hole, a 200‐yard par three.  Trevino hit his tee shot to the right. The ball hit a bank… well off the green, kicked dead left, trickled onto the green and rolled to within 12 feet of the cup. Morley two‐putted for par and the usually joking Trevino, grim‐faced and unsmiling in the building pressure, rammed in the putt for a birdie that gave him the lead.

Trevino broke the longest victory drought of his career —14 months—with a closing 73, three over par, and a 72hole total of 273, seven under par.  Morley finished second with a 69 and a 274 total. Morley, 29 years old, had to sink a 20‐foot putt for a birdie on the last hole in order to tie Trevino, but he left it inches short.

Tom Weiskopf, a former winner at Colonial who played in the last threesome with Trevino and Morley, birdied the last hole from eight feet for a 71 that enabled him to tie 46‐year‐old Don January for third place at 277.

Trevino’s victory in his home state was a long‐time goal for the swaggering, happy‐go‐lucky player. The last event he won was the Florida Citrus open on March 9, 1975. At this event, he won $40,000 of the total purse of $200,000. It increased his earnings this season to $104,994, marking the ninth consecutive year he won more than $100.000.

 

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