With a rich golf tradition in Dallas/Fort Worth, including a U.S. Open and two PGA Championships, the AT&T Byron Nelson has a long history in professional golf that traces its roots back to 1944. That year, Byron Nelson teed it up at Lakewood Country Club and won the Texas Victory Open by 10 strokes over his friend Harold “Jug” McSpaden. This annual tournament would continue for two more years–first as the Dallas Open and then as the Dallas Invitational.
Nelson’s victory at Lakewood Country Club was the beginning of two remarkable years in which he would win 26 tournaments, including his amazing streak of 11 straight victories in 1945.
The AT&T Byron Nelson is now the ninth longest-running active stop on the PGA TOUR schedule. Aside from the three U.S. majors (the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and the Masters), only eight PGA TOUR events were established prior to 1944. While 10 years elapsed before an annual Dallas-based event began again in 1956, the stage was set for the introduction of the current tournament, which began as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in 1968. The tournament has grown and evolved with each passing year, and is now one of the most highly competitive and eagerly anticipated events on the PGA TOUR.