The AT&T Byron Nelson celebrates the life and legacy of Mr. Nelson, our tournament namesake and friend, who passed away in 2006, but who’s legacy continues to impact the lives of many since the beginning of the tournament in 1968.
One of the true legends of professional golf, Mr. Nelson etched out a career unlike anyone who played the game before or anyone who has played since. While his awe-inspiring accomplishments in the game of golf are widely revered, Mr. Nelson was perhaps best known as a true gentleman of the game. His kindness and dedication to his community won the respect and admiration of his peers, present-day players and fans of all ages.
This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Mr. Nelson’s “Greatest Year in Golf”. In 1945 he finished with 18 victories, including 11 straight, and established a record for the lowest scoring average (68.33), which remained untouched for 55 years until Tiger Woods, the Byron Nelson 1997 Champion, broke it in 2000. During this incredible year Mr. Nelson played in 30 tournaments never finishing outside of the top ten and finishing second seven times. To this day Mr. Nelson’s incredible winning streak has not been challenged and will likely stand forever.
During his relatively brief professional career, Mr. Nelson had 54 career victories, including the 1939 U.S. Open, the 1937 and 1942 Masters, and the 1940 and 1945 PGA Championships.