David Woo of the Dallas Morning News took the photo above.
The sports world and the world of kindness lost a great man on Tuesday. Byron Nelson died at the age of 94. He was one of those people that deserved all the admiration that befell him. Many say that his legend as a human being has greatly dwarfed his legend as a champion golfer. In 1945 he won 18 tour victories including 11 straight wins. That record is still intact.
I remember seeing Byron Nelson several times in the early seventies because the company I worked for was a major sponsor of the Bryon Nelson Golf Tournament in Dallas. Some of us were fortunate enough to get to work in the support of the tournament. Those are special memories for me. Besides Byron, I was fortunate enough to see some of the greats. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Lee Trevino come to mind.
The Dallas Morning News has some good audio and video commentary about Bryon’s career. Farewell Lord Bryon, you will be missed.