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Lee Trevino's Biography

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Lee Buck Trevino was born on 1 December 1939 in Dallas, Texas.

Trevino was brought up in poverty by his mother and grandfather, both of whom were illiterate. He was nicknamed 'Supermex' because of his Mexican origins.

Lee Trevino won six majors: the US Open in 1968 and 1971; the Open in 1971 and 1972; and the USPGA in 1974 and 1984.

This last victory was particularly remarkable as Trevino had consistently suffered from back problems and by 1984 was not at his peak. But Lee Trevino not only won the tournament but was the first player in USPGA history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.

In the 1972 Open Lee Trevino came from behind to win after a head-to-head with his great rival Jack Nicklaus.

Recognised for his humour on the golf course Trevino was very popular with the golfing public. He had an unorthodox swing but an incredible touch around the greens.

In 1975, Trevino narrowly escaped death when he was struck by lightning while playing in the Western Open.

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