3/23/1980: Lee Trevino outlasts Ben Crenshaw to win the Players Championship


Trevino holds off the pack; captures The Players

On this day, In 1980 Lee Trevino won the Players Championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  He did so by holding off a barrage of the games great players including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Ben Crenshaw.  Trevino was paired with The Golden Bear and the Black Knight in the final round, leading to Trevino to call them the “7 million dollar club”  referring to their combined earnings.  When asked if Trevino was impressed by his playing partners he replied,

“Hell no, I’m one of the biggies, too.”

-Lee Trevino

That’s the confidence of a true winner!…. Starting the final round, Trevino watched Nicklaus and Payer both birdie the first hole while he bogeyed the second.  On the lastl day, it was a “who’s who” of the golfing world.  You had Trevino leading the pack with Nicklaus, Player, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, and Seve Ballesteros all contending at one point or another.  Trevino shot a final round of 70, 2 under par for a total of 278.  Crenshaw had the hot putter in the round, turning in a final round of 66, good enough for sole second place.  Watson and Ballesteros tied in third with 72 hole aggregates of 280.

Watch>>> Trevino wins the 1980 Players Championship

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