‘Byron Nelson Teared Up at Lunch With Me One Day..’: Hal Sutton Shares an Emotional Anecdote

Published 02/13/2022, 4:30 PM EST

Byron Nelson is one of the legendary golfers of all time. He competed on the PGA Tour from 1935 to 1946. However, he continued his career in golf as a commentator after retirement. Byron is the sixth in the all-time PGA Tour wins with 52 trophies. Furthermore, he even has bagged five major championships in his career.

We mostly remember Byron for 11 consecutive wins on the PGA Tour and 18 victories in 1945. Moreover, he became the first player with a professional tournament named after him. However, Byron did not care about all these things, as he mostly focused on career earnings. And recently, a former tour pro has revealed an interesting story about him. 

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Tour Pro shares a disheartening story of Byron Nelson

The 14-time PGA Tour winner Hal Sutton recently made a tweet about his interaction with Byron Nelson. He revealed how Nelson had tears in his eyes, which was disheartening to see. So let us see what exactly is this story. 

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Hal Sutton wrote, “Byron Nelson teared up at lunch with me one day because I had just won more money in 1982 than he had in his whole career. I asked, what’s wrong, and he said nothing. I feel like I helped you and the tour get to this point money-wise.” 

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Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that prize money in golf back then wasn’t huge. Additionally, only the top-20 golfers received a share of the small prize money purse. But things started to change in the 1960s and 70s as the prize money was considerably higher. And it just blew up with Tiger Woods’ dominance in the late 90s and early 2000s.  

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Hence, Hal concluded by writing, “I wonder what he thinks about now!!!” Meanwhile, unfortunately, Byron Nelson passed away in 2006 at 94. However, we will always remember him for the legacy he created along with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead on the PGA Tour. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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