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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 246
LEE Trevino grew up without plumbing or electricity, yet he defied the odds to become one of golf’s all-time greats. And, this corresponding week in 1975, he defied the odds again after being struck by lightning at Butler National Golf Club during the second round of the Western Open. Standing alongside Jerry Heard under an umbrella at the 13th green, Trevino watched as the skies began to clear from a passing shower. Suddenly, lightning from a distant storm flashed sideways and cut across Teal Lake. The rogue bolt hit his bag before crawling up his arm and exiting through his back, throwing him into the air. But before you feel too sorry for ‘The Merry Mex’, consider this: “I had an out-of-body experience... I was warm and it was quiet,” Trevino said. “I felt so good, it was the best I’ve ever felt.” The World Golf hall-of-famer was left with damage to a spinal disc, which was later removed. Meanwhile, separate bolts hit Bobby Nichols, Tony Jacklin and Jim Ahern, while Heard – who was also struck – miraculously continued the tournament to finish fourth. Trevino was 36 years old and had collected 20 victories on the PGA Tour when he was struck. But not even that could stop him, and he went on to win nine more events and a fifth major. So, what advice does the now 77-year-old offer fellow golfers? “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,” Trevino quipped. E it happened this week in... 1975 • The West Indies defeats Australia by 17 runs to win the Cricket World Cup. Ian Chappell top scores for the Australians before being run out by Viv Richards on 62. • Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is released, just in time for the American summer. It makes over US$470 million at the Box Office after costing $7 million to produce. • Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in 15 rounds to win the heavyweight boxing title. • Billie Jean King wins in straight sets over Evonne Goolagong in the final at Wimbledon (6-0, 6-1). Also making news this week in 1975 MERRY MEX STRUCK BY LIGHTNING VIDEO: 10 ESSENTIAL LEE TREVINO FACTS WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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