Lee Trevino states a warm goodbye to ‘the old grey toon’

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland– Lee Trevino based on the 18 th tee at The Old Course on Monday throughout the four-hole Celebration of Champions event and also as he did his copyrighted dancing right into his position, he mused,” This may be my last drive I strike below.” Trevino, 82, two times the Champion Golfer of the Year for declaring the British Open in 1971 and also’ 72, played in 6 Opens right here, virtually winning his very first Open title at The Old Course in 1970. He had a two-stroke lead heading right into the last round. He intended at the incorrect flag at the common environment-friendly that homes both the 5th as well as 13 th opening and also three-putted 5 times on the day, hopping residence in 77 to complete connected for 3rd, 2 strokes out of an 18-hole playoff in between Doug Sanders as well as ultimate victor Jack Nicklaus.

That week, Trevino loved the community a lot more so than the fairway. He saw its basilicas and also paid tribute at the gravesites of Old Tom as well as Young Tom Morris, the epic father-son duo that won the Open Championship 4 times each. “I really obtain cool bumps when I stroll over the Swilcan Burn Bridge,” Trevino stated. “Can you envision the spikes that have resembled off that bridge?”

Trevino won 6 majors amongst his 29 PGA Tour titles, as well as his victories at Royal Birkdale and also Muirfield constantly held an unique area in his memory.

” I recognize it remains in guide,” he stated on Monday. “My prizes go to residence. We understand where they go to. We consider them.”

As he as soon as kept in mind, “To me, the Open is the competition I would certainly pertain to if I needed to leave a month in the past as well as swim over.”

He went out with a hook if that was the last drive Trevino strikes below. Recognized for his discolor, Trevino attracted laughs as he adhered to the trip of his sphere as well as declared, “If Sanders had actually struck his drive there like I informed him to, he would certainly’ve won the damn Open.”

” Non-stop,” Rory McIlroy claimed of Trevino’s limitless babble.

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2022 Open Championship Lee Trevino (left) as well as Rory McIlroy tremble hands on the 18th eco-friendly throughout the Celebration of Champions at the 150th Open Championship golf competition at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports )” I’ve seen him strike some spheres prior to on the variety, however I never ever understood, like, he actually strolls right into the shot, establishes for a cut, and afterwards strolls completely around to establishing for a draw, and after that he makes his swing, yet he’s speaking at the very same time,” McIlroy stated of Trevino throughout his Tuesday interview. “He’s one of a kind. It was terrific to be available with him due to the fact that you simply pay attention, the tales that he informs, and also a lot of the moment, he’s simply talking with himself, yet

he simply intends to chat.” Bursting out among his real as well as tried lines to fantastic giggling, Trevino later on stated, “I can not wait to rise in the early morning simply to hear what I need to state.”

Trevino as well as McIlroy were signed up with by Georgia Hall and also Tiger Woods in the last pairing of the event. Woods described in significant however easy terms what made the event so unique.

” That’s background right there,” he claimed of posturing for pictures at the Swilcan Burn Bridge with Nicklaus and also Trevino. “I saw them play this Open Championship, awakening, the newscast would certainly begin at 5:00 a.m. on the West Coast to obtain a possibility to view them play and also to see them strike the shots, and also pay attention to Lee Buck discussing the little sphere having fun over below as well as what he made use of to do with it … That’s what makes it so unique.”

Transforming timeless, Trevino made certain to have his image tackled the famous bridge with Nicklaus along with his household.

Someday later on, Trevino got an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews as component of a bigger event for impressive solution to the video game. He kept in mind that he has actually researched not just the background of the event however of King James as well as his restriction of golf, as well as can estimate information from the initial Open at Prestwick in 1860. Among the professor, impersonated if a personality in a Harry Potter flick, joked that they may intend to employ him as a teacher in the institution of golf researches.

” This golf links is simple if you do every little thing completely,” Trevino stated. “But if you’re a little off with a motorist or an iron, this is a booger bear due to the gorse and also the heather as well as the deep shelters. It’s very tough.”

” Believe me, she will certainly hold her very own,” he proclaimed to participants at the event.

Trevino also expanded significant for a minute.

” Golf has actually been my entire life,” he claimed, while including, ” this is the best honor I’ve ever before had.”