Happy Birthday to one of the most colorful men in golf history, Lee Buck Trevino


Lee Buck Trevino, born December 1st, 1939 in Dallas, Texas

Lee Buck Trevino was born in Dallas, Texas. He was introduced to the game of golf when his uncle gave him a few old golf balls and a rusty golf club. Trevino spent most of his free time sneaking into nearby country clubs to practice his newly found activity. At eight years old Trevino began caddying at a local golf course. However, few years later, caddying became a full time job because Trevino needed to earn enough money to survive. For years, every day after work, Trevino would work on improving his skills by hitting a least 300 balls a session.

In 1967, Trevino began playing on the PGA Tour and in 1968 at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York a large goal was reached when he won the U.S. Open. Over the course of his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. Trevino was at his best in the early 1970s and he remained one of the world’s leading players for more than another decade. He also won the 1984 PGA Championship at the advanced age of 44. In 1985 Trevino retired, by the time he was the third highest in earnings in the history of the PGA Tour.

Trevino also won more than 20 international and unofficial professional tournaments. He topped the senior money list in 1990 and 1992. He played for the US in the Ryder Cup six different times, and had an impressive 17-7-6 win-loss-half record. During his professional career, Trevino was seen as one of the more approachable and humorous of PGA golfers. His self–taught style led to many exciting shots and game victories.

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