Lee Trevino and the Infamous Rubber Snake


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About This Photograph

Lee Trevino, wearing a marshal's hat and holding a rubber snake and hatchet, poses for a photo shoot during a practice round at the 1971 U.S. Open to show how deep the rough is at Merion Golf Club. He told Golf World: "I had picked up that rubber snake in the Fort Worth Zoo gift shop a few weeks earlier...and I had just stuck it in my golf bag. I wanted to use it to scare some of the caddies and other people." Later that week, facing Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff, the infamous rubber snake cut the tension on the first tee when Trevino pulled the snake out of his golf bag and threw it to Nicklaus. Trevino would go on to win the playoff, earning him his second U.S. Open title.