Byron Nelson’s 11 Tournament Winning Streak

In 1945, Byron Nelson put together one of sports’ most remarkable and enduring records by winning eleven professional tournaments in a row. Nelson finished the 1945 season with 18 victories, while also recording a record for lowest scoring average (68.33) that stood until Tiger Woods broke it in 2000.

While some contend that Nelson’s streak was aided by limited fields after World War II, the scoring average speaks for itself. An average of 68.33 is going to win a lot of tournaments, regardless of the competition. Further, Nelson did play against the likes of Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Jimmy Demaret. Hogan and Snead both also won tournaments in 1945.

Byron Nelson’s 11 tournament winning streak could have been longer: he also apparently had a twelfth victory, but it did not count as an official event because the purse was too small.

DateTournamentScoreWon By
March 8-11Miami International Four BallNA
March 16 – 19Charlotte Open70-68-66-68–2724
March 23 – 25Greater Greensboro Open70-67-68-66–2718
March 30 – April 1Durham Open71-69-71-65–2765
April 5 – 8Atlanta Open64-69-65-65–2639
June 7 – 10Montreal Open63-68-69-68–26810
June 14 – 17Philadelphia Inquirer68-68-70-63–2692
June 29 – July 1Chicago Victory National Open69-68-68-70–2757
July 9 – 15PGA ChampionshipMatch Play
July 26 – 29Tam O’Shanter Open66-68-68-67–26911
August 2 – 4Canadian Open68-72-72-68–2804
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