LET’S JUST STATE CATEGORICALLY RIGHT UP FRONT THAT MR NELSON HAS A REPUTATION TO THIS VERY DAY AS A FINE FINE GENTLEMAN, AND I’M SURE THAT’S TRUE.
NELSON HAD ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PGA SEASONS EVER. BY SOME COUNTS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON, FULL STOP. AFTER HE HAD SAVED ENOUGH MONEY FROM GOLF HE LEFT THE TOUR AND BOUGHT A CATTLE RANCH IN TEXAS, AND NEVER LOOKED BACK. IN SOME CIRCLES HE’S CONSIDERED A BIT OF A LEGEND. IN 1945, NELSON ENTERED 30 TOURNAMENTS ON THE PGA TOUR. HE WON 18 OF THOSE TOURNAMENTS. THAT INCLUDED A STRETCH OF 11 CONSECUTIVE WINS. IN 1945 OVER 12 > MILLION < US SERVICEMEN + WOMEN* HAD OR WERE FIGHTING THE WAR. How on earth could Byron Nelson’s victories be given the same weight as peace-time tournament wins? It matters not a whit the nationality, nor the country involved, It’s the principle.
There Is The Very Slimist Of Arguments That The PGA TOUR WAS Providing Much Needed RELIEF + ENTERTAINMENT From The War Back Home. The other way to look at it is the war played such a small role in peoples lives they could still have golf tournaments. At the end of every day, someones gottta’ put up the purse, pledging the prize money. And a payment to the club for taking up four days and all the facilities at once. The tournaments sponsor were most likely a successful car dealers. The US economy was still good enough It was mostly just a cheapish ticket price, distraction from the war for a few hours and a walk in nature. Nelson’s golfing contemporaries served, for example really true legend in Sam Snead. Really true Legend LLOYD MANGRUM with >>> 2 <<< PURPLE HEARTS IF YOU DON’T MIND, LEGEND BOB JONES**, LEGEND LEE TREVINO, LEGEND BEN HOGAN. JUST IN CASE YOU DON’T RECOGNISE THOSE NAMES, YOU’RE STARING DOWN THE GUN BARREL OF CIRCA 30!! MAJORS.
I CAN’T QUITE MAKE IT OUT BUT THAT’S THE WANNAMAKER TROPHY RIGHT?
** FOR EXTRA BONUS POINTS FOR THOSE PLAYING ALONG AT HOME, ROBERT TYRE JONES JNR., BOBBY JONES, CHANGED HIS NAME TO ROBERT (BOB). HE SAID THAT BOBBY WAS APPROPRIATE WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MAN, BUT NOW AT HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY IT WAS TIME TO DROP BOBBY FOR ROBERT / BOB.
IT ALSO HELPED DELINEATE BOBBY THE AMATEUR GOLFER FROM ROBERT THE LAWYER, THE NEXT PHASE IN HIS LIFE. BOB DIDN’T ENJOY COURT WORK, DIDN’T WANT TO APPEAR IN PUBLIC ANYMORE, AND STUCK TO QUIET TECHNICAL CONTRACT LAW THAT DIDN’T REQUIRE COURT APPEARANCES. NO ONE THAT KNEW HIM CALLED HIM BOBBY ANYMORE. IT WAS A SIGN OF THE INNER SANCTUM.