WATCH: Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy returns to U.S. Senior Women's Open after total shoulder replacement surgery

Hollis Stacy won 18 titles on the LPGA, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She's swinging sweetly again after shoulder surgery.

WATCH: Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy returns to U.S. Senior Women's Open after total shoulder replacement surgery

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Hollis Stacy had a nagging right shoulder injury that she thought she could live through with Advil and massages. That is until she shanked four wedges during a round of golf with Jane Geddes back in January 2020.

“That’s really my bread and putter,” said Stacy. “I went ‘Oh I think I have an issue.’ ”

One month later, she underwent total shoulder replacement surgery. The 67-year-old LPGA Hall of Famer returned to competition for the first time since 2019 at this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open and brought with her a fantastic-looking golf swing.

“I feel like I won the tournament,” said a grateful Stacy, who opened with a 3-over 75 at Brooklawn Country Club.

The six-time USGA champion won 18 titles on the LPGA, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She tied for 28th in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club and took a share of 33rd two years ago at Pine Needles.

Stacy rehabbed her shoulder three hours a day and began hitting balls three months after surgery. It wasn’t pretty, of course, but she knew that pounding thousands of golf balls on the range was the best way to strengthen her golf muscles. The four-time major winner never was a big fan of the range, preferring instead to work on her short game.

Stacy’s surgeon, Dr. Stephen Otte in Bradenton, Florida, said a full recovery from the procedure would take 18 months to two years.

Hollis Stacy putting on the 13th green during the first round at the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Darren Carroll/USGA)

After surgery, Stacy went back to the fundamentals to try and replace some of the habits she’d formed to compensate for an injured shoulder.

“My swing had progressively gotten upright and just arms,” she said.

Stacy blasted one drive during Thursday’s opening round that flew 20 years longer than the rest and got excited about what’s possible.

“It just brought new meaning,” said Stacy of the surgery’s impact. “I really wanted to be relevant with my golf game.”

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The barber who keeps giving Cam Smith these crazy/amazing haircuts? His name is Lee Trevino.

One of the indelible images from the Tokyo Olympics has been the addition to Aussie Cameron Smith's mullet.

The barber who keeps giving Cam Smith these crazy/amazing haircuts? His name is Lee Trevino.

One of the indelible images from the men’s golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics has been the new addition to Aussie Cameron Smith’s mullet — the letters “AUS” carved in the side of his head.

Smith mentioned after his second round at Kasumigaseki Country Club that his barber in the Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach area is named Lee Trevino.

No, it’s not that Lee Trevino, however, there is a golf connection.

Lee Trevino, who owns and operates Tonic & Tweed Salon in Jacksonville, was named for the 29-time PGA Tour winner. His father, who hailed from Mexico, was often asked if he was related to the star golfer, and eventually named his second son to honor the World Golf Hall of Famer.

And Smith isn’t the only PGA Tour player who comes to Trevino for hairstyling.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with a number of PGA Tour players, and they’re all great guys, ” Trevino told Golfweek on Friday, mentioning that he started by cutting the hair of two-time Arnold Palmer Invitational winner Matt Every. He now also works with Doc Redman, Jonas Blixt, and others.

“And Cam, oh my gosh, he’s just a great all-around dude. I’ve been really lucky to cut his mullet.”

Although his hair can be flamboyant, Smith’s golf game remains steady. He shot a solid 67 in the second round at the Olympics. Ranked No. 28 in the world, Smith would be closer to the lead if not for a bad break on the final hole when his ball caromed off a hospitality tent and into the water that led to a double bogey. With 36 holes remaining, Smith is tied for 20th with Matthias Schwab and Abe Ancer. seven shots off the lead.

Trevino said he loves his visits from Smith, who already has three PGA Tour victories on his resume.

“He’s really funny,” Trevino said of Smith. “He’s an outdoorsman who is just always cracking jokes. A great, great guy.”

At the Zurich Classic, Smith’s business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back look was the talk of the town, so much so that his teammate Marc Leishman broke out a mullet of his own on Saturday and their walk-up song was “The Mullet Song.”

And as for Smith’s crazy hair requests, does Trevino ever try to talk him into something more traditional?

“No way. I usually go full-in. I like to push myself and do whatever makes the client happy,” he said, noting that he’s been in love with the game since the sixth grade. “But everything with Cam is freehand, so you just go for it.”

Trevino has been styling hair for 15 years and has won numerous awards, some in the Jacksonville area and some on a national stage.

“It’s such a strong golf community here in Ponte Verda Beach and Jacksonville,” Trevino said. “And I know guys can go get a haircut for 20 bucks somewhere else, but when they come to someone like me, it lasts quite a bit longer and it’s easier to maintain over time.

“They’re not wearing their hat like 50 percent of the time, whether it’s at the gym or on the course, but when they take it off, I want them to feel good about their hair.”

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