Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|Residence||Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.|
|Current tour||Champions Tour|
|Professional wins||87 (PGA Tour: 29, Champions Tour: 29, Other: 29)|
|Best Results in Major Championships|
|Masters||T10: 1975, 1985|
|U.S. Open||Won 1968, 1971|
|British Open||Won 1971, 1972|
|PGA Championship||Won 1974, 1984|
|Vardon Trophy||1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1980|
|Byron Nelson Award||1980|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1981|
|Jack Nicklaus Trophy (Champions Tour)||1990, 1992, 1994|
|Arnold Palmer Award (Champions Tour)||1990, 1992|
|Champions Tour Rookie of the Year||1990|
|Byron Nelson Award (Champions Tour)||1990, 1991, 1992|
Trevino was introduced to the game of golf when his uncle gave him a few old golf balls and a rusty golf club. From this point on, Lee could not get enough. He spent most of his free time sneaking into nearby country clubs to practice his newly found activity. At eight years old he began caddying at Dallas Athletic Club, a local golf course. However, a few years later, caddying became a full time job because he needed to earn enough money to survive. Thus, before his eighth grade year, Trevino had to leave school in order to go to work. As a caddy and a shoeshiner, Trevino worked for 30 U.S. dollars a week. On top of this, he was also able to make priceless gains in his golfing ability. This was because the caddies had three short practice holes behind their shack, and it was there, with old, discarded clubs, that Trevino learned to improve his golf game. For years, every day after work, he would work on improving his skills by hitting a least 300 balls a session. At seventeen, Trevino joined the United States Marine Corps and served four years. Over the last eighteen months in the service, a great deal of his time was spent playing golf with Marine Corps officers. Trevino himself claims that his time spent being a desirable golf partner helped earn him a Sergeant's promotion.
In 1968 at the Oak Hill Country Club (Rochester, New York), a large goal was reached when he won the U.S. Open. From then on, there was no looking back. Over the course of his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. He was at his best in the early 1970s, when for a time he was Jack Nicklaus's biggest rival, winning the money list title in 1970, and picking up ten wins in two seasons in 1971 and 1972. Among the highlights during those 2 memorable seasons, were winning the 1971 U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff over Jack Nicklaus, then 2 weeks later, he won the Canadian Open and the following week The Open Championship, making him the first player to win those three national titles in the same year (Tiger Woods matched the feat in 2000), and he was rewarded the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of 1971, as well as winning Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award, he was also being named as ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year that year.
After winning the 1974 PGA Championship, he was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open, and suffered injuries to his spine and back. He later underwent surgery to remove a damaged spinal disk, and back problems later restricted his play. However, while he never repeated his multiple-major winning feats of the early 1970s, he returned to his position of one of the game's leading players - he was ranked second in McCormack's World Golf Rankings in 1980, behind Tom Watson, the same position he had attained in 1971, and won his sixth and last major, the 1984 PGA Championship at the unusually advanced age of 44. In the early 1980s he was second on the PGA Tour career money list, behind only Jack Nicklaus.
Trevino also won more than 20 international and unofficial professional tournaments. In his fifties he was one of the key charismatic stars who helped to make the Senior PGA Tour, now the Champions Tour, a commercial success. He picked up the same tally of 29 wins on this tour as he had on the regular tour, including four senior majors. He topped the senior money list in 1990 and 1992.
Mark Schoenwald has been Trevino's caddy since 2005.
Major championships are shown in bold.
Senior majors are shown in bold.
|Year||Championship||54 Holes||Winning Score||Margin||Runners Up|
|1968||U.S. Open||1 shot deficit||-5 (69-68-69-69=275)||4 strokes||Jack Nicklaus|
|1971||U.S. Open (2)||4 shot deficit||E (70-72-69-69=280)||Playoff 1||Jack Nicklaus|
|1971||The Open Championship||1 shot lead||-14 (69-70-69-70=278)||1 stroke||Lu Liang-Huan|
|1972||The Open Championship (2)||1 shot lead||-6 (71-70-66-71=278)||1 stroke||Jack Nicklaus|
|1974||PGA Championship||1 shot lead||-4 (73-66-68-69=276)||1 stroke||Jack Nicklaus|
|1984||PGA Championship (2)||1 shot lead||-15 (69-68-67-69=273)||4 strokes||Gary Player, Lanny Wadkins|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T34|
|The Open Championship||T3||1||1||T10||T31||T40||DNP||4||T29||T17|
|The Open Championship||2||T11||T27||5||T14||T20||T59||T17||CUT||T42|
|The Open Championship||T25||T17||T39||DNP||CUT||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||CUT|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tied for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.