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Byron Nelson

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John Byron Nelson, Jr. (b. February 4, 1912 at Dallas, Texas) was a PGA Tour golfer between 1935 and 1946. He won his first major event at The Masters in 1937. Nelson would subsequently win four more major tournaments, the U.S. Open in 1939, the PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945, and a second Masters in 1942.

Nelson lost many chances at major championships due to World War II. In 1945, while The Masters was postponed, Nelson won 18 tournaments including a record 11 in a row. In his career, Nelson won 52 professional events. After 1946, Nelson curtailed his schedule although he continued to make regular appearances at The Masters as a ceremonial starter for many years. Nelson's record of 113 consecutive cuts made is second only to Tiger Woods' 142.

In 1968 the Dallas Open stop on the PGA Tour was renamed the Byron Nelson Golf Classic, and this tournament — most recently known as the EDS Byron Nelson Championship — remains the only tour stop named after a professional golfer.

Nelson is often referred to by the nickname "Lord Byron", after the poet.

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