Juan Antonio "Chi Chi" Rodríguez is born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. One of six children in a poor family, at age 7 he found himself working on a sugar plantation, but after straying onto a nearby golf course he saw the young caddies and realised they were earning more than him, so he joined them and began to hit shots, using a branch from a tree and old tin can.
By age 12 he shot 67 for 18 holes, and when he joined the army he worked further at his game. Small and slightly built, he nevetheless hit the ball long distances with an 'agricultural' swing, and was famous for his showmanship and clowning on the course, but at age 27 he won his first PGA tournament and went on to win 7 more. He joined the Senior (now Champions) Tour in 1985 and between 1986 and 1993 won 22 events, and was the first on that Tour to win the same events three years in a row at the Digital Seniors Classic from 1986-88. He lost in a playoff to Jack Nicklaus for the 1991 US Senior Open.
Rodríguez represented Puerto Rico on 12 occasons in the World Cup and in 1992 became the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.