The Championship celebrates the life and legacy of Byron Nelson, our Championship namesake and friend, who passed away in 2006.
One of the true legends of professional golf, Byron Nelson etched out a career unlike anyone who played the game before or anyone who has played since. While his awe-inspiring accomplishments in the game of golf are widely revered, Byron was perhaps best known as a true gentleman of the game. His kindness and dedication to his community won the respect and admiration of his peers, present-day players and fans of all ages.
In 1945, Byron Nelson accomplished an incredible winning streak that has not been challenged to this day and will likely stand forever. He finished that year with 18 victories, including 11 straight, and established a record for the lowest scoring average (68.33), which remained untouched for 55 years.
During his relatively brief professional career, Byron Nelson had 54 career victories, including the 1939 U.S. Open, the 1937 and 1942 Masters, and the 1940 and 1945 PGA Championships.
This tournament is the best thing that’s ever happened to me in golf. Better than winning the Masters or the U.S. Open or eleven in a row. Because it helps people.
- Byron Nelson
The HP Byron Nelson Championship is proud to be the first PGA TOUR event to be named in honor of a professional golfer. Byron’s legacy is a primary reason the Championship has raised more than $127 million in total charitable giving.