John Byron Nelson, Jr. ( born February 4, 1912 in Waxahachie, Texas, † September 26, 2006 in Roanoke ) was an American professional golfer on the PGA TOUR 1935-1946 The first Major he won the Masters in 1937 in his. . unique career won Nelson then in four other majors, the U.S. Open in 1939, the PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945, and at the Masters in 1942. Overall, he won 52 tournaments on the PGA TOUR for themselves. In 1945 he set two unmatched records: he won a total of 18 U.S. tournaments and was able to win 11 tournament victories in a row.
Because of his fine conduct was Nelson "Lord" mentioned.
The Byron Nelson Golf Classic - currently under the name " HP Byron Nelson Championship" - since 1968, one of the highlights of the PGA TOUR calendar, and next to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the only PGA tournament, which is named after a professional golfer.
In 1974, Byron Nelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and in 1994 he received the Old Tom Morris Award.
PGA Tour victories
Major championships are shown in bold.
The Teutuls of Orange County Choppers, honored Byron where they built three choppers for the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and these were then auctioned off for charity.
1944 and 1945 Nelson was honored each with the Sportsman of the Year Award from the Associated Press.