Byron Nelson’s first exposure to golf was a caddie job at the old Glen Garden course in Fort Worth. He later worked as a clerk at the Fort Worth and Denver railroad and turned pro in 1932 for the Texarkana Open. Nelson earned a lasting place in the record books as he posted 11 consecutive victories in 1945.
Jack Burk’s streak of four straight wins in 1952 is the closest any pro has come to Lord Byron’s magnificent victory string. Nelson’s streak started with the Miami Four-Ball in March of 1945 and ended at the Canadian Open in August. In between, Nelson won nine events. Nelson posted 18 victories that year and 54 during his illustrious career. Nelson average 68.33 in 1945 but did not win the Vardon Trophy because it was not awarded due to WWII. He did, however, win the Vardon in 1939, the same year he won the U.S. Open. Nelson also won the 1940 and 1945 PGA Championship and the Masters in 1937 and 1942. He was Ryder cup team member in 1937, 1939, and 1941. He was also a member of the PGA Hall of Fame.
Birthplace: Waxahachie, Texas
Born: February 4, 1912
Died: September 26, 2006