Monday, October 22, 2007

Trevino Puts Kibosh on Retirement Talk

Earlier this year, Lee Trevino let slip that he was thinking of 2007 as his final year of competitive golf. Trevino is soon to be 68, and while he's certainly not embarrassing himself in Champions Tour tournaments, he's also no longer competitive at the top of the leaderboard.

Trevino played a short schedule in '07, and earlier this year said the AT&T Championship in San Antonio would be his final appearance.

But during the AT&T, Trevino put the brakes on that retirement talk. The San Antonio Express-News reported:

At 67 — he'll turn 68 on Dec. 1 — Trevino had said the tournament at Oak Hills would be his farewell to competitive golf.

But this summer, he spent 2 1/2 months on his couch at his home in Hartford, Conn., and discovered he'd made a mistake.

His wife helped him.

"Like it or not, women are usually right about most things," Trevino said. "She said I was going to get tired of doing nothing but taking my son to school and playing golf with my friends. She was right."

Trevino said he's not like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who have enjoyed a multitude of business interests in retirement.

"My whole life I've played golf," he said. "It's all I've ever done for 40 years. I don't know anything else."

Trevino said he will continue to play a limited Champions Tour schedule — the AT&T Championship is just his sixth event of the year — and will continue to come back to San Antonio as long as the tournament is held at Oak Hills.

That last line should catch your eye. As we've reported many times, Champions Tour players adore Oak Hills Country Club, the onetime home of the Texas Open and the Nabisco Championship on the PGA Tour and now the home of the AT&T Championship. But plans are for this tournament to move to the Pete Dye-designed course going in across town at the TPC San Antonio project.

Said Trevino:

"I love Oak Hills," he said, suddenly getting serious. "I can't wait to play here every year. I'm not going to be playing no TPC."

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