Sport: Goodbye Byron, Hello Ben

The man who dominated wartime competition so completely that he came to be called "Mr. Golf" was sick & tired of the game. Last week Byron Nelson, nervous, greying and ailing at 34, turned up in Portland, Ore. to defend his national pro championship. Before the tournament got under way he announced that it was his farewell to year-round golfing.

All season, Nelson had talked wistfully of his 1,500-acre Texas ranch. He would go home, he said, turn up only for the Masters and one or two other tourneys a year, as onetime greats like...

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