Byron Nelson career achievements and major championship wins

Nelson Loved nothing more than spending time at his Texas ranch.
Karen Kuehn

Byron Nelson, known as Lord Byron, won 54 Tour events, including five majors — the 1937 and '42 Masters, the '39 U.S. Open, and the '40 and '45 PGA Championships. What truly set Nelson apart, though, was the 1945 season, when he put up a series of astounding numbers. He had 18 wins, including an untouchable record of 11 victories in a row, and to that he added another seven runner-up finishes. Quibble about the competition all you want, but his season scoring average remains a PGA Tour record: 68.33.

Byron Nelson on Golf.com
Byron Nelson in the SI Vault
• Byron Nelson Videos: SI Vault | Youtube
Byron Nelson World Golf Hall of Fame Profile

Byron Nelson: His Last Interview
Golf Magazine's Connell Barrett interviewed Nelson shortly before his death in 2006. Read the Interview

Byron Nelson: The Streak
Sports Illustrated's Jim Gorant on Byron Nelson's win streak in 1945. Read the Article

Byron Nelson's Major Championships
1937 Masters: Byron Nelson wins his first Masters
1942 Masters: Nelson beats Hogan in playoff
1939 U.S. Open: Byron Nelson wins the U.S. Open in a playoff
1940 PGA Championship: The Haig's PGA
1945 PGA Championship: Lord Byron's streak continues

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