Looking back at Nelson's streak of 11 straight wins 72 years later

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It's one of golf's most impressive records of all-time, Byron Nelson's 11 consecutive victories in 1945, and it began 72 years ago.

Nelson began the streak at the at the Miami Four-Ball Tournament at Miami Springs Country Club with partner Jug McSpaden, and would continue until early August at the Canadian Open.

The Texan would go on to win 18 events that season, also a record that has yet to be touched, and some believe it's the greatest year in golf history.

Here's a look at the eleven events he won during the streak.

Date Event Score
Mar. 8-11 Miami International 4-Ball Team event
Mar. 16-19 Charlotte Open 272
Mar. 23-25 Greater Greensboro Open 271
Mar. 30-Apr. 1 Durham Open 276
Apr. 5-8 Atlanta Open 263
June 7-10 Montreal Open 268
June 14-17 Philadelphia Inquirer 269
June 29-July 1 Chicago Victory National Open 275
July 9-15 PGA Championship Match Play
July 26-29 Tam O'Shanter Open 269
Aug. 2-4 Canadian Open 280

The week after his win at Thornhill Golf & Country Club, Nelson finished fourth at the Memphis Open to end the string of victories. He would go on to claim four more events to finish the season.

Other Stats from his year:

  • Finished runner-up seven times.
  • 68.33 scoring average, which was broken by Tiger Woods in 2000.
  • Never finished outside of the top 10 in 35 events played.

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