BYRON NELSON SIGNED SLIP, "Best Wishes, Byron Nelson", 4.25 x 1.25 cream colored slip, and a vintage sepia photo obtained during the 1945 PGA Championship that he won. Minor edge wear and corner creases on the photo, otherwise both the photo and the signature are in fine condition. There is a pencil written note on the back of the photo describing when, where, and how obtained.
John Byron Nelson Jr. (1912-2006) was an American professional golfer between 1935 and 1946, widely considered one of the greatest golfers of his generation, and widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Although he won many tournaments in the course of his relatively brief career, he is mostly remembered today for having won 11 consecutive tournaments and 18 total tournaments in 1945. He retired officially at the age of 34 to be a rancher, later becoming a commentator and lending his name to the HP Byron Nelson Championship, the first PGA Tour event to be named for a professional golfer. Nelson won his first major title at The Masters in 1937 and won four more majors, the U.S. Open in 1939, the PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945, and a second Masters in 1942. The 1945 PGA Championship was the 27th PGA Championship, held July 9-15 at Moraine Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb south of Dayton. This vintage sepia photograph and Nelson's signature were obtained during this 1945 event.