NEWPORT BEACH — The winning has been long over for Lee Trevino. The competitive fire is hardly burning, he admits. The 71-year-old hall of famer says the desire for competitive golf left when he was 63.
But Trevino still displays a strong love for the game. He showed that passion, and plenty of personality, during a 45-minute interview with the media at Newport Beach Country Club Wednesday.
He chose to play his only Champions Tour event at the Toshiba Classic, and it appears he's making the most of his one stop.
Someone asked about Jack Nicklaus' sixth Masters win in 1986 and what he was doing that day, since this year marks the 25th anniversary.
"We got completely inebriated at the Atlanta airport," Trevino said, noting that he had finished before Nicklaus teed off on his way to his memorable win. "My wife and I are driving to the airport. Jack is on 14. And then he eagles 15. And the airline, there was a bar across from the gate in Atlanta, and I'm drinking double scotches. I mean I hit a wall when I went in that airport. And he won the tournament. 'Hold the plane, hold the plane.' We are screaming at this guy to hold the plane. Everybody is watching. The airport is going nuts. My wife and I are there and I'm hitting it hard."