Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Billy Tumultuous Billy Tribute painted

Before Tiger Woods was the best in the world and the face of sport, Lee Trevino was. So it is fitting that one of his images is the official logo of the tournament and the one that now recognises the worst of a good thing.

Voted into the top 5 of the PGA’s 100 Greatest Players of All Time in 2015 and 2016, the left-hander from California made PGA history by becoming the first player to win three majors and for all his achievements winning player of the year just once, in 1979, and earning two major titles.

And what makes his golfing list special, is that no-one has ever accused him of being boring. Which makes for wonderful viewing.

Born in Cincinnati in 1938 as the son of a first-grade teacher, despite beginning his career in golf at an early age his family ensured that he started to improve the game at a very early age,

Trevino is far from the only golfing legend who has been immortalised in his own retrospective painting, and the likeness of Tumultuous Billy on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is a wonderful, accurate illustration of what a beautiful stroke shot and distinctive expression can achieve.

The Desert Classic director, Eran Mor, told BBC Sport: “I am delighted to see Billy depicted in such a brilliant artistic form. It was a very joyous and emotional moment for the whole course.

“His presence at the Abu Dhabi National Golf Club dates back to 1975 when he won his first PGA event. He has been part of our community ever since and has always shown great love and passion for the event.

“The art work was indeed ‘Genius at Work’ and we were absolutely delighted with the outcome.”

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