Category: Lee Trevino

September 23, 2013

Rookie Spieth passes Miller, Trevino in career earnings

Posted at 11:18 AM by Pete Madden
Jordan Spieth
Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Having started the 2013 season with no status, 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic, made nearly $4 million, finished seventh in the FedEx Cup and -- as Golf Week's Adam Schupak pointed out -- has already "leapfrogged" two World Golf Hall of Fame inductees in career earnings.

Spieth's runner-up finish in the Tour Championship at East Lake moved him past Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino, who turned pro in 1969 and 1960 respectively, on the all-time money list.

"Does it make you mad that in his first year he has beaten you on the all-time money list?" Golf Channel commentator Terry Gannon jokingly asked Miller.

"Back then we played for peanuts," Miller replied. "Maybe some popcorn every now and then."

Spieth, who has repeatedly said that his only goal was "just to get on Tour next season," has already accomplished so much more. He will become the youngest American ever to play in the Presidents Cup when he tees off at Muirfield Village in October.

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June 12, 2013

Lee Trevino: Rubber snake from 1971 U.S. Open 'died'

Posted at 12:04 PM by Mike Walker

Trevino_snakeThe most famous snake in golf is dead, according to Lee Trevino.

First, some background. Facing Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff at the 1971 U.S. Open at Merion, Trevino pulled a rubber snake out of his bag on the first tee. (He had the snake in his bag from a photo shoot earlier that week, at right.)  Nicklaus asked to see the snake, so Trevino tossed it to him, which caused a nearby woman to shriek and distracted Nicklaus. Trevino went on to win the playoff. Some charged Trevino with gamesmanship, though Trevino and Nicklaus disagreed, according to Golf Magazine’s Joe Passov. Whatever the case, the snake has entered the game’s lore, so Trevino was asked about it during a press conference at Merion on Tuesday.

Q. Lee, do you still have the snake? It's kind of like Hogan's 1 iron.

LEE TREVINO: It died. It's been 42 years ago. No snakes live 42 years. [Laughter.] Come on, man. Where the hell, what did they teach you in journalism school? Not about snakes, right?

Q. What did you do with it?

LEE TREVINO: It died. [Laughter.]

Needless to say, the Hall of Fame player and talker had many more great lines Tuesday. Here are some highlights:

On what Merion means to him:

“When you mention Merion I say, yeah, that's where I beat that guy.”

On mud balls:

"I had an advantage in the mud. I hit a low ball. Very seldom my ball ever picked up mud because I went so low that it cleaned itself before it stopped rolling. You think about that. You think that's funny, but it's true. And you have to adapt your game to that. If your ball starts picking up mud out there and you're going up here, brother, you better bring this baby down here. And the lower you hit it, it's not going to pick up mud because it will absolutely clean itself before. All this theory about, oh, if the mud's on the right it will go left and if the mud's on the left it will go left and believe me, that's a bunch of baloney. You don't know where the hell it's going to go when that mud is on there."

On the U.S. Open champions dinner Tuesday night:

"We tell the same stories but we have forgotten them. We tell the same jokes but we have forgotten them. We all laugh like hell."

On the media:

"I've been watching you guys, I've been watching you on the channel and y'all are asking too many silly questions."

May 21, 2013

Trevino would like to have a mulligan on 'Happy Gilmore' cameo

Posted at 2:22 PM by Josh Sens

HappyIf you regret having spent time in the theater to watch it, just think how Leo Trevino feels: he says he wishes he hadn’t been in the movie itself.

Speaking this week during an appearance at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Patriot Golf Classic, the 73-year-old icon said that if he could take a cinematic mulligan, he would have read the script before agreeing to appear in the Adam Sandler golf comedy, "Happy Gilmore."

“If I knew they were going to use all those foul words in there,” Trevino said, “I never would have done it.”

Trevino makes several brief appearances in the film, mostly to shake his head in silent disapproval at the main character’s antics. His one line comes during an exchange between Sandler’s Gilmore and his golf pro rival, Shooter McGavin.

Gilmore: "That's right, I'm gonna beat your ass on the course!"
McGavin: "Yeah, right. And Grizzly Adams had a beard."
Trevino: "Grizzly Adams DID have a beard."

You can watch it here:

Not exactly Oscar material.

But whatever. At least he didn’t appear in "Caddyshack II."

(Credit: AP)

April 23, 2013

Trevino thinks he's seen the last of Nicklaus in competition

Posted at 5:48 PM by Coleman McDowell

Jack Nicklaus teamed with Gary Player in the first round of the Demaret Division of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga., on Monday. Lee Trevino played alongside the team and thinks it might be the last time he gets to play with Nicklaus competitively, according to

“We don’t know if we will ever get a chance to play with Jack again like this. We’ll probably see each other someplace, but as far as a competitive round it probably will never happen again.”

Nicklaus hadn't played in the tournament, a two-man team event for players 70 years and older, since 2001. Player and Nicklaus finished with a three-under round of 69

Even if the golf wasn't at the same level as when each player was in his prime, the verbal jabs thrown around throughout the round showed no signs of aging.

When Nicklaus whistled his opening drive into the left rough, Trevino began with the needle.

“You’re lucky you made it with that swing,” Trevino cackled.

Nicklaus shook his head and lamented, “I used to have another half to it.”

Later Nicklaus joked of another of his tee shots, “How about that, 226 yards down the middle.”

To which Andy Bean, who came out to watch the stars, deadpanned, “Jack, I don’t think it even rolled that far.”

The laughs continued at the third hole when Nicklaus drove over to Trevino and asked about golf cart etiquette.

“Just don’t drive on the green,” Trevino said.

Then he turned to Player and added, “Damn rookie. He doesn’t know.”

After the round, Nicklaus was asked if getting out on the course with his old friends awoke the competitive spirit in him to play in the future tournaments. The Golden Bear was blunt in his response.

“Quite the contrary. It did not inspire me to play anymore. I had no desire to go out there just to enjoy the day. It’s a tournament. That’s why I don’t play anymore, because I can’t do what I want to do.”

February 20, 2013

Trevino: Today's pros would shoot in the 50s on old Augusta National

Posted at 1:21 PM by Cameron Morfit

Trevino_blog_forwebLee Trevino has never been a huge fan of Augusta National, but that's never stopped him from talking about the course. In a Q and A with Kyle Porter on, Trevino says the lords of Augusta had no choice but to add serious length to the venerable track in recent years, lest it become obsolete.

How different is Augusta now than when you played it?

They'd be shooting in the 50s today, these guys, as far as they hit it, yeah, they'd be shooting in the 50s if they hadn't stretched Augusta out. They would have had to do something with Augusta to make it extremely hard.

What they would have done, they would have had to put the rough way up and made it really tight. And that isn't what Mr. Jones wanted. Mr. Jones didn't want rough up there because he wanted the best player to win. And sometimes when you have deep rough, the best player doesn't win because when you both hit it in the rough one can get lucky and one can get unlucky as far as the lie is concerned.

The voluble Trevino went on to praise the current form of world number two Tiger Woods, the 14-time major winner whose ever-changing swing has come under occasional criticism from the Merry Mex.

Who is the best ball-striker in the world right now?

I don't see how you can dispute Tiger's ball-striking right now. I thought the best ball-striker ever was Sam Snead. Day in and day out, no one could hit the ball like Sam Snead could hit it. He was a phenomenal athlete, and he could do just about anything he wanted to with a golf ball. He's overlooked in that department. Right now as far as ball-striking is concerned, I don't see how it gets any better than Tiger.

Tiger is a mechanic. A lot of guys are one-dimensional, and I think Tiger is way up on everybody because he can create different types of shots and that's what makes you a great player. You show up at the golf course one day and A-game isn't working, so you have to go to B or C. And that's what he can do.

Photo: Lee Trevino at the AT&T Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2010 (Getty Images).


January 27, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 25

Posted at 12:47 PM by Mike Walker

Phil_quote1. "This reminds me a lot of Winged Foot in 2006, where I hit a drive way left off the tents. So this happened to be way right, but off the tents. You know, I've made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them."

--Phil Mickelson apologizing for complaining publicly about his taxes


2. “All he did was publicly say, ‘I may not be able to afford to live in California.’ And the sports media descended on this guy. The sports media is every bit as left-wing as their news media counterparts are.”

 --Rush Limbaugh on Phil Mickelson’s apology


Ty_quote3. “We will revoke the on-site credentials of all journalists affiliated with outlets that post play-by-play coverage, whether those posts are originating from tournament site or otherwise."

--PGA Tour executive Ty Votaw on the Tour’s new policy on real-time reporting of tournaments



4. “It's on my radar for the first time ever, the thought of being World Number One.”

--Justin Rose, currently ranked No. 4 in the world




Tiger_quote5. “Here I am just talking about it and my hands are sweating just thinking about the feeling I had to get through each and every day.”

--Tiger Woods on winning the 2008 U.S. Open with a broken leg



Rocco_quote6. “Nothing he did ever surprised me. He's that good. But he can't do it anymore because his golf swing is different. It doesn't produce the shots he used to hit.”

--Rocco Mediate on Tiger Woods, via USA Today



7. “We believe in the notion that one body of rules is important, and that's always our intent. We just reserve the option not to, if we have overriding reasons not to do so.”

--PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on the anchored-putter ban


Horschel_quote8. “I've played the Walker Cup in 2007 over in Northern Ireland at Royal County Down and there was a guy I competed against three times called Rory McIlroy.”

--Billy Horschel on being prepared for the crowds following Tiger Woods



9. “People always want to know why golfers from Asia are so good. Well, now we can see how all the countries stack up."

--Stacy Lewis on the LPGA’s new International Crown event




10. “The hardest thing for me to do is fall asleep because I can't wait to wake up and hear what I'm going to say next.”

--Lee Trevino on the "Feherty Live" television show


(Photos from Getty Images)

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