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Lee Trevino

Lee Trevino Personal Information Birth December 1, 1939(1939-12-01) (age 68)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.Height 5 ft7 in(1.70 m) Weight 180 lb(82 kg) Nationality  United StatesResidence Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.College None Career Turned Pro 1960 Current tour Champions TourProfessional wins 87 (PGA Tour: 29, Champions Tour: 29, Other: 29) Best Results in Major Championships
Wins: 6 MastersT10: 1975, 1985 U.S. OpenWon 1968, 1971 British OpenWon 1971, 1972 PGA ChampionshipWon 1974, 1984 Awards Vardon Trophy1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1980 Byron Nelson Award1980 World Golf Hall of Fame1981 Jack Nicklaus Trophy(Champions Tour) 1990, 1992, 1994 Arnold Palmer Award(Champions Tour) 1990, 1992 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year1990 Byron Nelson Award(Champions Tour) 1990, 1991, 1992

Lee Buck Trevino (born December 1, 1939) is an American professional golfer. He is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred to as "The Merry Mex" and "Supermex".[1]

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Early life

Lee Buck Trevino was born in Dallas, Texas in poverty to parents of Mexican descent. His mother, Juanita Trevino, and grandfather, a gravedigger, raised Trevino. He never knew his father. Trevino's childhood amounted to him spending time attending school occasionally and working to help earn money for the family. At the age of five, Lee started working in the cotton fields.

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.

Professional career

After his discharge, Trevino continued his pursuit of the game, taking a club professional job in El Paso, Texas, and gambling for stakes in head-to-head matches. In 1967, he began playing on the PGA Tour. That year he played in his second U.S. Open golf championship, shot 283, eight shots behind champion Jack Nicklaus, and earned $6,000 for finishing fifth. He won $26,472 as a rookie, 45th on the PGA Tour money list, and was the Rookie of the Year, as named by Golf Digest magazine.

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.[2]

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.

Playing style

His self–taught style, distinguished by an out-to-in swing designed to fade the ball (which he devised to combat a chronic hook), led to many exciting shots and skins game victories.

Distinctions and honors

  • Trevino played for the United States in the Ryder Cup six times (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1981), and had an impressive 17-7-6 win-loss-half record. He also served as team captain in 1985.
  • Trevino won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average five times: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1980.
  • Trevino has established numerous scholarships and continues to offer assistance to many Mexican Americans who are less fortunate.
  • He co-authored his autobiography, titled They Call Me Super Mex.
  • Trevino was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • In 2000, Trevino was ranked as the 14th-greatest golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine.[3]

Humor

Throughout his career, Trevino was seen as one of the more approachable and humorous of PGA golfers, and was frequently quoted by the press. Late in his career, he remarked, "I played the tour in 1967 and told jokes and nobody laughed. Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell."[4] At the beginning of their 1971 playoff for the U.S. Open, he playfully threw a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus.[5] During his early career, much attention was focused by the press on a BandAid that Trevino wore on his forearm covering a tattoo of the name of his ex-wife. This became a frequent topic of self-deprecating humor for the good-natured Trevino. (He has since had this tattoo removed by a plastic surgeon using a laser technique.)

PGA Tour wins (29)

Major championships are shown in bold.

Other wins (19)

Champions Tour wins (29)

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (10)

Major Championships

Wins (6)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runners Up 1968U.S. Open1 shot deficit -5 (69-68-69-69=275) 4 strokes Jack Nicklaus1971U.S. Open(2) 4 shot deficit E (70-72-69-69=280) Playoff 1 Jack Nicklaus 1971The Open Championship1 shot lead -14 (69-70-69-70=278) 1 stroke Lu Liang-Huan1972The Open Championship(2) 1 shot lead -6 (71-70-66-71=278) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus 1974PGA Championship1 shot lead -4 (73-66-68-69=276) 1 stroke Jack Nicklaus 1984PGA Championship(2) 1 shot lead -15 (69-68-67-69=273) 4 strokes Gary Player, Lanny Wadkins

1 Defeated Jack Nicklaus in 18-hole playoff - Trevino (68), Nicklaus (71)

Results timeline

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 The MastersDNP DNP T40 T19 U.S. OpenT54 5 1 CUT The Open ChampionshipDNP DNP DNP T34 PGA ChampionshipDNP DNP T23 T48
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 The MastersDNP DNP T33 T43 DNP T10 T28 DNP T14 T12 U.S. OpenT8 1 T4 T4 CUT T29 DNP T27 T12 T19 The Open ChampionshipT3 1 1 T10 T31 T40 DNP 4 T29 T17 PGA ChampionshipT26 T13 T11 T18 1 T60 CUT T13 T7 T35
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 The MastersT26 CUT T38 T20 43 T10 47 CUT CUT T18 U.S. OpenT12 CUT CUT DNP T9 CUT T4 CUT T40 CUT The Open Championship2 T11 T27 5 T14 T20 T59 T17 CUT T42 PGA Championship7 DNP DNP T14 1 2 T11 DNP CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 The MastersT24 T49 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP U.S. OpenDNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP The Open ChampionshipT25 T17 T39 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA ChampionshipCUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 The MastersDNP U.S. OpenDNP The Open ChampionshipCUT PGA ChampionshipDNP

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.

Trivia

  • In the The Simpsons episode Marge Be Not Proud Lee Trevino is spoofed as Lee Caravallo in hosting a game called Lee Caravallo's Putting Challenge. Trevino had a similar game called Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf which was released in 1988 for Nintendo.
  • Lee Trevino had an extended cameo in the Adam Sandler film Happy Gilmore.
  • Trevino is the first person known to have played pine cone golf.

See also

Golf Portal

References

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas, The Mexican American Family Album. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

  1. ^ Profile at Golflegends
  2. ^ http://www.pgatour.com/stats/leaders/r/1980/110 PGA Tour
  3. ^ Yocom, Guy (July 2000). 50 Greatest Golfers of All Time: And What They Taught Us. Golf Digest. Retrieved on 2007-12-05.
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/1602390142/ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HFI/is_3_52/ai_70888036

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Awards Preceded by
George BlandaAssociated Press Male Athlete of the Year
1971Succeeded by
Mark Spitz
v • d • eU.S. Open champions

1895 Horace Rawlins · 1896 James Foulis · 1897 Joe Lloyd · 1898 Fred Herd · 1899 Willie Smith · 1900 Harry Vardon · 1901 Willie Anderson · 1902 Laurie Auchterlonie · 1903 Willie Anderson · 1904 Willie Anderson · 1905 Willie Anderson · 1906 Alex Smith · 1907 Alec Ross · 1908 Fred McLeod · 1909 George Sargent · 1910 Alex Smith · 1911 John McDermott · 1912 John McDermott · 1913 Francis Ouimet · 1914 Walter Hagen · 1915 Jerome Travers · 1916 Chick Evans · 1917-18 Cancelled due to World War I · 1919 Walter Hagen · 1920 Ted Ray · 1921 Jim Barnes · 1922 Gene Sarazen · 1923 Bobby Jones · 1924 Cyril Walker · 1925 Willie Macfarlane · 1926 Bobby Jones · 1927 Tommy Armour · 1928 Johnny Farrell · 1929 Bobby Jones · 1930 Bobby Jones · 1931 Billy Burke · 1932 Gene Sarazen · 1933 Johnny Goodman · 1934 Olin Dutra · 1935 Sam Parks, Jr. · 1936 Tony Manero · 1937 Ralph Guldahl · 1938 Ralph Guldahl · 1939 Byron Nelson · 1940 Lawson Little · 1941 Craig Wood · 1942-45 Cancelled due to World War II · 1946 Lloyd Mangrum · 1947 Lew Worsham · 1948 Ben Hogan · 1949 Cary Middlecoff · 1950 Ben Hogan · 1951 Ben Hogan · 1952 Julius Boros · 1953 Ben Hogan · 1954 Ed Furgol · 1955 Jack Fleck · 1956 Cary Middlecoff · 1957 Dick Mayer · 1958 Tommy Bolt · 1959 Billy Casper · 1960 Arnold Palmer · 1961 Gene Littler · 1962 Jack Nicklaus · 1963 Julius Boros · 1964 Ken Venturi · 1965 Gary Player · 1966 Billy Casper · 1967 Jack Nicklaus · 1968 Lee Trevino · 1969 Orville Moody · 1970 Tony Jacklin · 1971 Lee Trevino · 1972 Jack Nicklaus · 1973 Johnny Miller · 1974 Hale Irwin · 1975 Lou Graham · 1976 Jerry Pate · 1977 Hubert Green · 1978 Andy North · 1979 Hale Irwin · 1980 Jack Nicklaus · 1981 David Graham · 1982 Tom Watson · 1983 Larry Nelson · 1984 Fuzzy Zoeller · 1985 Andy North · 1986 Raymond Floyd · 1987 Scott Simpson · 1988 Curtis Strange · 1989 Curtis Strange · 1990 Hale Irwin · 1991 Payne Stewart · 1992 Tom Kite · 1993 Lee Janzen · 1994 Ernie Els · 1995 Corey Pavin · 1996 Steve Jones · 1997 Ernie Els · 1998 Lee Janzen · 1999 Payne Stewart · 2000 Tiger Woods · 2001 Retief Goosen · 2002 Tiger Woods · 2003 Jim Furyk · 2004 Retief Goosen · 2005 Michael Campbell · 2006 Geoff Ogilvy · 2007 Ángel Cabrera

v • d • eThe Open champions

1860 Willie Park, Snr. · 1861 Tom Morris, Sr. · 1862 Tom Morris, Sr. · 1863 Willie Park, Snr. · 1864 Tom Morris, Sr. · 1865 Andrew Strath · 1866 Willie Park, Snr. · 1867 Tom Morris, Sr. · 1868 Tom Morris, Jr. · 1869 Tom Morris, Jr. · 1870 Tom Morris, Jr. · 1871 No championship · 1872 Tom Morris, Jr. · 1873 Tom Kidd · 1874 Mungo Park · 1875 Willie Park, Snr. · 1876 Bob Martin · 1877 Jamie Anderson · 1878 Jamie Anderson · 1879 Jamie Anderson · 1880 Bob Ferguson · 1881 Bob Ferguson · 1882 Bob Ferguson · 1883 Willie Fernie · 1884 Jack Simpson · 1885 Bob Martin · 1886 David Brown · 1887 Willie Park, Jnr. · 1888 Jack Burns · 1889 Willie Park, Jnr. · 1890 John Ball · 1891 Hugh Kirkaldy · 1892 Harold Hilton · 1893 William Auchterlonie · 1894 John Henry Taylor · 1895 John Henry Taylor · 1896 Harry Vardon · 1897 Harold Hilton · 1898 Harry Vardon · 1899 Harry Vardon · 1900 John Henry Taylor · 1901 James Braid · 1902 Sandy Herd · 1903 Harry Vardon · 1904 Jack White · 1905 James Braid · 1906 James Braid · 1907 Arnaud Massy · 1908 James Braid · 1909 John Henry Taylor · 1910 James Braid · 1911 Harry Vardon · 1912 Edward Ray · 1913 John Henry Taylor · 1914 Harry Vardon · 1915-19 No Championships due to World War I · 1920 George Duncan · 1921 Jock Hutchison · 1922 Walter Hagen · 1923 Arthur Havers · 1924 Walter Hagen · 1925 Jim Barnes · 1926 Bobby Jones · 1927 Bobby Jones · 1928 Walter Hagen · 1929 Walter Hagen · 1930 Bobby Jones· 1931 Tommy Armour · 1932 Gene Sarazen · 1933 Denny Shute · 1934 Henry Cotton · 1935 Alf Perry · 1936 Alf Padgham · 1937 Henry Cotton · 1938 Reg Whitcombe · 1939 Richard Burton · 1940-45 No Championships due to World War II · 1946 Sam Snead · 1947 Fred Daly · 1948 Henry Cotton · 1949 Bobby Locke · 1950 Bobby Locke · 1951 Max Faulkner · 1952 Bobby Locke · 1953 Ben Hogan · 1954 Peter Thomson · 1955 Peter Thomson · 1956 Peter Thomson · 1957 Bobby Locke · 1958 Peter Thomson · 1959 Gary Player · 1960 Kel Nagle · 1961 Arnold Palmer · 1962 Arnold Palmer · 1963 Bob Charles · 1964 Tony Lema · 1965 Peter Thomson · 1966 Jack Nicklaus · 1967 Roberto DeVicenzo · 1968 Gary Player · 1969 Tony Jacklin · 1970 Jack Nicklaus · 1971 Lee Trevino · 1972 Lee Trevino · 1973 Tom Weiskopf · 1974 Gary Player · 1975 Tom Watson · 1976 Johnny Miller · 1977 Tom Watson · 1978 Jack Nicklaus · 1979 Severiano Ballesteros · 1980 Tom Watson · 1981 Bill Rogers · 1982 Tom Watson · 1983 Tom Watson · 1984 Severiano Ballesteros · 1985 Sandy Lyle · 1986 Greg Norman · 1987 Nick Faldo · 1988 Severiano Ballesteros · 1989 Mark Calcavecchia · 1990 Nick Faldo · 1991 Ian Baker-Finch · 1992 Nick Faldo · 1993 Greg Norman · 1994 Nick Price · 1995 John Daly · 1996 Tom Lehman · 1997 Justin Leonard · 1998 Mark O'Meara · 1999 Paul Lawrie · 2000 Tiger Woods · 2001 David Duval · 2002 Ernie Els · 2003 Ben Curtis · 2004 Todd Hamilton · 2005 Tiger Woods · 2006 Tiger Woods · 2007 Pádraig Harrington

v • d • ePGA champions

Matchplay era
1916 Jim Barnes · 1917-18 Cancelled due to World War I · 1919 Jim Barnes · 1920 Jock Hutchison · 1921 Walter Hagen · 1922 Gene Sarazen · 1923 Gene Sarazen · 1924 Walter Hagen · 1925 Walter Hagen · 1926 Walter Hagen · 1927 Walter Hagen · 1928 Leo Diegel · 1929 Leo Diegel · 1930 Tommy Armour · 1931 Tom Creavy · 1932 Olin Dutra · 1933 Gene Sarazen · 1934 Paul Runyan · 1935 Johnny Revolta · 1936 Denny Shute · 1937 Denny Shute · 1938 Paul Runyan · 1939 Henry Picard · 1940 Byron Nelson · 1941 Vic Ghezzi · 1942 Sam Snead · 1943 Cancelled due to World War II · 1944 Bob Hamilton · 1945 Byron Nelson · 1946 Ben Hogan · 1947 Jim Ferrier · 1948 Ben Hogan · 1949 Sam Snead · 1950 Chandler Harper · 1951 Sam Snead · 1952 Jim Turnesa · 1953 Walter Burkemo · 1954 Chick Harbert · 1955 Doug Ford · 1956 Jack Burke, Jr. · 1957 Lionel Hebert

Strokeplay era
1958 Dow Finsterwald · 1959 Bob Rosburg · 1960 Jay Hebert · 1961 Jerry Barber · 1962 Gary Player · 1963 Jack Nicklaus · 1964 Bobby Nichols · 1965 Dave Marr · 1966 Al Geiberger · 1967 Don January · 1968 Julius Boros · 1969 Raymond Floyd · 1970 Dave Stockton · 1971 Jack Nicklaus · 1972 Gary Player · 1973 Jack Nicklaus · 1974 Lee Trevino · 1975 Jack Nicklaus · 1976 Dave Stockton · 1977 Lanny Wadkins · 1978 John Mahaffey · 1979 David Graham · 1980 Jack Nicklaus · 1981 Larry Nelson · 1982 Raymond Floyd · 1983 Hal Sutton · 1984 Lee Trevino · 1985 Hubert Green · 1986 Bob Tway · 1987 Larry Nelson · 1988 Jeff Sluman · 1989 Payne Stewart · 1990 Wayne Grady · 1991 John Daly · 1992 Nick Price · 1993 Paul Azinger · 1994 Nick Price · 1995 Steve Elkington · 1996 Mark Brooks · 1997 Davis Love III · 1998 Vijay Singh · 1999 Tiger Woods · 2000 Tiger Woods · 2001 David Toms · 2002 Rich Beem · 2003 Shaun Micheel · 2004 Vijay Singh · 2005 Phil Mickelson · 2006 Tiger Woods · 2007 Tiger Woods

v • d • eMale golfers who have won 2 or more major championships in one year1922 Gene Sarazen(2) · 1924 Walter Hagen(2) · 1926 Bobby Jones(2) · 1930 Bobby Jones(2) · 1932 Gene Sarazen(2) · 1949 Sam Snead(2) · 1951 Ben Hogan(2) · 1953 Ben Hogan(3) · 1960 Arnold Palmer(2) · 1962 Arnold Palmer(2) · 1963 Jack Nicklaus(2) · 1966 Jack Nicklaus(2) · 1971 Lee Trevino (2) · 1972 Jack Nicklaus(2) · 1974 Gary Player(2) · 1975 Jack Nicklaus(2) · 1977 Tom Watson(2) · 1980 Jack Nicklaus(2) · 1982 Tom Watson(2) · 1990 Nick Faldo(2) · 1994 Nick Price(2) · 1998 Mark O'Meara(2) · 2000 Tiger Woods(3) · 2002 Tiger Woods(2) · 2005 Tiger Woods(2) · 2006 Tiger Woods(2) v • d • ePGA and PGA Tour Players of the Year

PGA Players of the Year
1948 Ben Hogan · 1949 Sam Snead · 1950 Ben Hogan · 1951 Ben Hogan · 1952 Julius Boros · 1953 Ben Hogan · 1954 Ed Furgol · 1955 Doug Ford · 1956 Jack Burke, Jr. · 1957 Dick Mayer · 1958 Dow Finsterwald · 1959 Art Wall, Jr. · 1960 Arnold Palmer · 1961 Jerry Barber · 1962 Arnold Palmer · 1963 Julius Boros · 1964 Ken Venturi · 1965 Dave Marr · 1966 Billy Casper · 1967 Jack Nicklaus · 1968 No award · 1969 Orville Moody · 1970 Billy Casper · 1971 Lee Trevino · 1972 Jack Nicklaus · 1973 Jack Nicklaus · 1974 Johnny Miller · 1975 Jack Nicklaus · 1976 Jack Nicklaus · 1977 Tom Watson · 1978 Tom Watson · 1979 Tom Watson · 1980 Tom Watson · 1981 Bill Rogers · 1982 Tom Watson · 1983 Hal Sutton · 1984 Tom Watson · 1985 Lanny Wadkins · 1986 Bob Tway · 1987 Paul Azinger · 1988 Curtis Strange · 1989 Tom Kite · 1990 Nick Faldo · 1991 Corey Pavin · 1992 Fred Couples · 1993 Nick Price · 1994 Nick Price · 1995 Greg Norman · 1996 Tom Lehman · 1997 Tiger Woods · 1998 Mark O'Meara · 1999 Tiger Woods · 2000 Tiger Woods · 2001 Tiger Woods · 2002 Tiger Woods · 2003 Tiger Woods · 2004 Vijay Singh · 2005 Tiger Woods · 2006 Tiger Woods · 2007 Tiger Woods

PGA Tour Players of the Year
1990 Wayne Levi · 1991 Fred Couples · 1992 Fred Couples · 1993 Nick Price · 1994 Nick Price · 1995 Greg Norman · 1996 Tom Lehman · 1997 Tiger Woods · 1998 Mark O'Meara · 1999 Tiger Woods · 2000 Tiger Woods · 2001 Tiger Woods · 2002 Tiger Woods · 2003 Tiger Woods · 2004 Vijay Singh · 2005 Tiger Woods · 2006 Tiger Woods · 2007 Tiger Woods

v • d • eAmerican Ryder Cupcaptains 1927 Walter Hagen · 1929 Walter Hagen · 1931 Walter Hagen · 1933 Walter Hagen · 1935 Walter Hagen · 1937 Walter Hagen · 1947 Ben Hogan · 1949 Ben Hogan · 1951 Sam Snead · 1953 Lloyd Mangrum · 1955 Chick Harbert · 1957 Jack Burke, Jr. · 1959 Sam Snead · 1961 Jerry Barber · 1963 Arnold Palmer · 1965 Byron Nelson · 1967 Ben Hogan · 1969 Sam Snead · 1971 Jay Hebert · 1973 Jack Burke, Jr. · 1975 Arnold Palmer · 1977 Dow Finsterwald · 1979 Billy Casper · 1981 Dave Marr · 1983 Jack Nicklaus · 1985 Lee Trevino · 1987 Jack Nicklaus · 1989 Raymond Floyd · 1991 Dave Stockton · 1993 Tom Watson · 1995 Lanny Wadkins · 1997 Tom Kite · 1999 Ben Crenshaw · 2002 Curtis Strange · 2004 Hal Sutton · 2006 Tom Lehman · 2008 Paul Azinger v • d • eSports IllustratedSportsman of the Year1954: Roger Bannister| 1955: Johnny Podres| 1956: Bobby Joe Morrow| 1957: Stan Musial| 1958: Rafer Johnson| 1959: Ingemar Johansson| 1960: Arnold Palmer| 1961: Jerry Lucas| 1962: Terry Baker| 1963: Pete Rozelle| 1964: Ken Venturi| 1965: Sandy Koufax| 1966: Jim Ryun| 1967: Carl Yastrzemski| 1968: Bill Russell| 1969: Tom Seaver| 1970: Bobby Orr| 1971: Lee Trevino | 1972: Billie Jean King& John Wooden| 1973: Jackie Stewart| 1974: Muhammad Ali| 1975: Pete Rose| 1976: Chris Evert| 1977: Steve Cauthen| 1978: Jack Nicklaus| 1979: Bradshaw& Willie Stargell| 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team| 1981: Sugar Ray Leonard| 1982: Wayne Gretzky| 1983: Mary Decker| 1984: Edwin Moses& Mary Lou Retton| 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar| 1986: Joe Paterno| 1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams| 1988: Orel Hershiser| 1989: Greg LeMond| 1990: Joe Montana| 1991: Michael Jordan| 1992: Arthur Ashe| 1993: Don Shula| 1994: Bonnie Blair& Johann Olav Koss| 1995: Cal Ripken, Jr.| 1996: Tiger Woods| 1997: Dean Smith| 1998: Mark McGwire& Sammy Sosa| 1999: U.S. Women's Soccer Team| 2000: Tiger Woods| 2001: Curt Schilling& Randy Johnson| 2002: Lance Armstrong| 2003: David Robinson& Tim Duncan| 2004: Boston Red Sox| 2005: Tom Brady| 2006: Dwyane Wade| 2007: Brett Favre Categories: American golfers | PGA Tour golfers | Champions Tour golfers | Winners of men's major golf championships | Winners of senior major golf championships | Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame | Mexican American sportspeople | People from Dallas, Texas | United States Marines | 1939 births | Living people