Lee Trevino quotes and sayings
December 1, 1939
I don't know of any other organization that's raised more money than golf has, because if you are a baseball player, you're a football player, you're a hockey player, if you're just a businessman, and you want to raise some money for a charity, what do they do? They have a golf tournament. They have a golf outing, and they go out and they do it.
If it wasn't for golf, I don't know what I'd be doing. If my IQ had been two points lower, I'd have been a plant somewhere.
I'm really going to do my homework. I'm going to be down there on the practice tee finding out if a guy's wife beat him up the night before, important stuff like that. Stuff that people want to know.
I'm not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they'd come up sliced.
I keep lot of my opinions to myself. My grandfather, who was a gravedigger, told me one day, 'Son, the next time you go by the cemetery, remember that a third of the people are in there because they got into other people's business.'.
I love watching Anthony Kim play, but I'm not a fan of the way he grips down a good two inches on his full-swing shots. Choking down lightens the club's swing weight and effectively makes the shaft stiffer. It also makes it difficult to hit the ball high enough for all situations.
If God wanted you to putt cross-handed, he would have made your left arm longer.
Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don't have a dime in your pocket.
When you really deep down look at it, we go to bed every night, get up every morning, stay here for 70 or 80 years, and then we die.
I have an orthopedic pillow that's made out of a sponge material. I have a plate in my throat, and I have to be careful or I could end up with a bad neck in the morning. That pillow is a must everywhere I go.
I'm not scared of very much. I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years.
My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years.
You're Mexican until you make money and then you're Spanish.
All my life I had a rapport with black caddies.
We all choke, and the man who says he doesn't choke is lying like hell.
I got no pride on the hole. It's a par-5 and I play it that way. A four is a birdie.
Jack Nicklaus liked to curve the ball by opening or closing the clubface at address. I never felt I was good enough to do it his way. I didn't like changing my swing path, either, which some guys do. There's only one really reliable way to curve the ball: Change your hand position at address.
When you're poor, you know nothing about the future, you know nothing about the world, nothing that goes on outside 300 yards around you.
I'm not a real smart guy. But I've got enough brains to realize that when I'm 60 years old and play a sport, that it's downhill.
Every shot feels like the first shot of the day. If I'm on the range hitting shot after shot, I can hit them just as good as I did when I was 30. But out on the course, your body changes between shots. You get out of the cart, and you've got this 170-yard 5-iron over a bunker, and it goes about 138.
I met Jesse Owens once. He was a remarkable individual, and I have tremendous respect for what he did in the Olympics under the circumstances.
Seve Ballesteros was the best trouble-shot player who ever lived. It didn't matter how far in the woods you put that guy, he'd find a way to get out. But Seve inadvertently put a lot of big numbers on the scorecards of average players, because he inspired them to take dumb chances.
I will fall in love with any golf course that you have to drive the ball straight. You understand what I'm saying? That's my advantage. My advantage wasn't putting. In fact, I wasn't even a great putter or a good putter.
Only bad golfers are lucky. They're the ones bouncing balls off trees, curbs, turtles and cars. Good golfers have bad luck. When you hit the ball straight, a funny bounce is bound to be unlucky.
How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.
My wife doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I don't have a good time.
I'm a golfaholic, no question about that. Counseling wouldn't help me. They'd have to put me in prison, and then I'd talk the warden into building a hole or two and teach him how to play.
Who can say I have a bad swing? The only thing that matters in golf is the score you put on the board. You don't have to look pretty out there, you have to win. Look at my record and tell me who has a better swing than mine.
A hungry dog hunts best.
You can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen.
There are two things that won't last long in this world, and that's dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars.
I think a lot of Jim Thorpe, the Olympian, and his accomplishments.
I'm going to win so much money this year, my caddie will make the top twenty money winner's list.
I never played much golf as a kid. I caddied quite a bit but never got serious into golf until about age 15.
Pressure is when you've got thirty-five bucks riding on a four-foot putt and you've only got five dollars left.
It's the most fun I've had with my clothes on.
Grizzly Adams did have a beard.
Winning isn't everything. It's the money you make doing it that's everything.
I'm a golfaholic. And all the counseling in the world wouldn't help me.
Show me a golfer who doesn't have a mean streak, and I'll show you a weak competitor.
Somewhere along the line I'll be recognized as one of the top players in the Nicklaus era. That's all I want to be remembered for.
I didn't want to change the name on the towels.
One under a tree, one under a bush, one under the water.
My swing is so bad I look like a caveman killing his lunch.
I'm in the woods so much I can tell you which plants are edible.
I'm hitting the driver so good I gotta dial the operator for long distance after I hit it.
Sure, I've felt racism. I think everybody has prejudice. When I was growing up, the dark Mexican kids weren't allowed in the public swimming pool in Dallas. My light-skinned friend got in, and he laughed at us. It didn't seem like a big deal, because we didn't know any different. So I never ran into anything that actually scarred me.
Living in Dallas, I root for the Mavericks and the Stars and the Cowboys, but I've always pulled for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy watching them play.
I may buy the Alamo and give it back to Mexico.
You can't teach passion. You can teach everything else.
Green synthetic practice mats are the worst thing for your golf game that I know of. You can hit six inches behind the ball and not even know it, because the ball still gets airborne. Practice nets are awful, too. Swing a weighted club instead.
I use an Arnold Palmer putter that was probably built back in 1954.
I'm not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.
My doctor told me my jogging could add years to my life.
99% of the putts that are short don't go in the hole.
My family was so poor the lady next door gave birth to me.
In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the fairway and hold up a one iron. Not even God can hit a one iron.
I thought I'd blown it at the 17th when I drove into a trap. God is a Mexican.
I just feel like I have when I started making a lot of money, I started spreading it out to people. Mickelson, the whole deal, the over-tip: if I see a guy that looks like he needs a hand out or something, I'll pull something out and give him something.
A rough should have high grass. When you go bowling they don't give you anything for landing in the gutter, do they?
Chi Chi Rodriguez had as good a pair of hands as anybody I ever saw, and more shots than you can imagine. But Chi Chi had a habit of turning simple shots into difficult ones.
I remember the first time going to St. Jude. I didn't like going there because the children were ill, and it just broke my heart. It makes you test your religion when you see something like that. But the Lord doesn't want just old people. You know, He wants some young people, too, and good people. He takes care of them. He takes care of them.
I adore the game of golf. I won't ever retire.
I thought Manual Labor was a Mexican golf pro.
If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.
I believe in reincarnation. In my last life I was a peasant. Next time around, I'd like to be an eagle. Who hasn't dreamed they could fly? They're a protected species, too.
I love Merion and I don't even know her last name.
Two things that are not long for this world: dogs that chase cars and professional golfers who putt for pars.
Just remember, somewhere there's some guy who's tired of putting up with her crap.
I always loved hitting a low fade to a back-right pin with the wind howling from the right. Not many guys could get it close in that situation, because they kept it low by just putting the ball back in their stance. You see, playing the ball back turns you into a one-trick pony - you can only hit hooks.
My wife tells me she doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I'm not enjoying it.
I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.
You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.
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.
If your concentration is getting bad, take up bass fishing. It will really improve your ability to focus. If you aren't ready when that fish hits, you can't set the hook.
No one who ever had lessons would have a swing like mine.
Arnie has more people watching him park the car than we do out on the course.
They say I'm famous for my chip shots. Sure, when I hit 'em right, they land just so, like a butterfly with sore feet.
My point is, there's no sense trying to squeeze something out of your swing if you can let your clubs do the shotmaking for you.
If I could do anything over, I'd have spent more time with my first set of children. I would have taken more quality time with them, for sure.
You have to understand, I don't play golf for fun. It's my business. When the mailman starts delivering mail on his off day, that's when I'll start playing golf for the hell of it. I like to play in tournaments. There are many great courses around the world that I have never played that are next door to tournaments. I have not played them because I don't play for fun.
When it comes to the game of life, I figure I've played the whole course.
I'm actually a very quiet person off the golf course. I talk 150 miles per hour when I'm at the course, but when in private I very seldom ever open my mouth.
Michael Jordan was a tremendous basketball player.
Jack Nicklaus was the first to bring in course management. He could go to a course and tell you within one stroke what was going to win. He used to set his sights on that because he could shoot it. He was the only player I know who, if he decided he wanted to win a tournament, could go out and do it. No one will ever be as popular as Arnold Palmer and no one will ever come close to Jack as a player.
I never think of yesterday. Can't do anything about it. I'm a positive guy. When you really deep down look at it, we go to bed every night, get up every morning, stay here for 70 or 80 years, and then we die.
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