Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson

Profession: Golfer

United States of America

Why Famous: Won 11 consecutive tournaments and 18 total tournaments in 1945.

Born: February 4, 1912
Birthplace: Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: September 26, 2006 (aged 94)

Married Life

  • 1934-06-24 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner
  • 1986-11-15 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Events in the Life of Byron Nelson

  • 1937-04-04 4th Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Byron Nelson wins first of his 5 major titles by 2 strokes ahead of Ralph Guldahl
  • 1939-06-12 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA
  • 1939-07-17 PGA Championship, Pomonok CC: 1938 Masters champion Henry Picard wins his 2nd major title defeating Byron Nelson with a birdie at the 37th hole
  • 1940-09-02 PGA Championship, Hershey CC: Byron Nelson wins his first PGA C'ship, beating Sam Snead 1 up in the Monday 36-hole final
  • 1941-04-06 8th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Craig Wood wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Byron Nelson; Masters' first wire-to-wire champion
  • 1942-04-13 9th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Byron Nelson wins an 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over runner-up Ben Hogan
  • 1945-07-15 PGA Championship, Morraine CC: Byron Nelson wins 5th and final major title and 2nd PGA title; beats ex-MLB player Sam Byrd 4 & 3
  • 1945-08-04 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18
  • 1947-04-06 11th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins his 2nd Masters by 2 strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan
  • 1965-10-09 Ryder Cup, Royal Birkdale GC: US beats Great Britain 19½-12½; Byron Nelson non-playing American captain; Harry Weetman GB skipper

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