Sport: King of the Links

Sport in general had slumped to an alltime, wartime low. The outstanding exception was professional golf—and its star of stars. The quality of competition in other sports had fallen off, but in golf the steady competition of par was the same as ever. Against that unwavering opponent, John Byron Nelson had proved himself not only the athlete of the year but one of the greatest golfers ever.

Through 65 competitive rounds he had the best long-pull score in the history of the game: an 18-hole average of 69.26, With five tourneys still to go,...

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