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The Byron Nelson trophy is one of the most coveted on the PGA Tour.
Major victories: 5
Career wins: 52
Most impressive moment: He had a year like no one else ever had in 1945, winning 11 straight tournaments on the way to 18 total wins.
If that wasn’t good enough, Nelson also finished second seven times, set a mark that stood until 2000 in scoring average (68.33), fired a 62 and established a 72-hole low of 259.
Why he’s here: He played only 11 years, from 1935 through 1946, and retired at the age of 34 to quiet years as a gentleman rancher in Texas.
He was one of the all-time great players, but he was so much better a man. The HP Byron Nelson Championship was the first PGA Tour event named for a professional golfer.
As a crowning bit of glory to his career, Nelson was awarded the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the USGA for distinguished sportsmanship in golf.