Byron Nelson – The King Golf of record in the 50s
With the famous name like Sam Snead, Bean Hogan, Byron Nelson became the King of Golf when he usually set the world record of golf in the 50s.
Who is Byron Nelson?
Byron Nelson was born on February 4, 1912, and died on September 26, 2006. The peak of his career lasted from 1935 to 1946. In his generation, he was one of the best golfers in the world. His fame still lasts until now.
He was born in Waxahachie Texas in a Christian family. He had a fever when he was 11 years old. Unluckily, after that disease, he could not sire children.
When he was at the age of 12, he started his career from being a caddie at Glen Garden Country Club. He retired at the age of 34 to become a rancher.
His pro career
After turning professional in 1932, Nelson played officially for a club in Texas and won some tournaments. In the playing process, he realized a modern skill by increasing leg drive leading the downswing. Nelson and his partners became the ones who first utilized these skills in the game.
In 1935, he won the first victory that makes a remark in his career at the New Jersey State Open.
In 1937, he was promoted in the position as the head professional at Reading Country Club. After 3 years, he moved to Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
The peak of his career
This was 1945 when Nelson broke through by winning 18 of 35 PGA tournaments. But people did not know that he had lost in a lot of chances before. Until 1945, he could not win in any matches. With his continual effort, he had to wait until 1945 to bloom in PGA Championship. This result made a large number of people surprised.
He scored an average 68.33 for 18 holes and beat Tiger Wood to gain the first position. Tiger Wood only scored 62 for 18 holes.
Arnold Palmer said: “I don’t think that anyone will ever exceed the things that Byron did by winning 11 tournaments in a row in one year.” But he could do that and persuade everyone to believe in his ability.
His best record is 113 consecutive cuts, stands second behind Tiger Wood with 142. With this achievement, he has received a paycheck from the PGA Tour.
Especially, before 1944, he had not ever won more than 4 events. Until 1945, he got the first achievement in his career.
Although Byron Nelson had bad health, he still owned a special power. Nothing can separate him from his dream. He always tried his best to practice and became one of the best golfers in the world.