Lee Trevino is one of the most popular players in the history of the game. He was 1971 PGA Player of the Year. He won the 1971 and 1972 British Opens and six majors overall, including two U.S. Opens and two National PGAs. Winner of $200,000 or more in a single season eight times, with a $385,815 top in 1980. This was also the year he won a fifth Vardon Trophy with a scoring norm of 69.73 in 1950. Lee was member of six Ryder Cup teams and captain in 1985. He was third only to Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in career money.
He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Texas Sports Hall of Fame. At age 50, Trevino tore up the Senior Tour winning $1,190,518 in official money, the first senior to crack the million-dollar mark in a single season. It was more money than Greg Norman, the No. 1 money winner of the PGA Tour, earned that year. Despite bad back and knee problems, Trevino has maintained his “Merry Mex” image and his undisputed title as media favorite among the senior ranks to this day.
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Born: December 1, 1939