Life with Lord Byron

Life with Lord ByronLaughter, Romance, and Lessons Learned from Golf’s Greatest Gentleman

They don’t make professional athletes and husbands like the great Byron Nelson anymore.

That’s the resounding message passed along by Peggy Nelson, Byron’s wife of 20 years, in her loving tribute to the man she worshiped and the time they spent together. “Life with Lord Byron: Laughter, Romance, and Lessons Learned from Golf’s Greatest Gentleman” chronicles the couple’s relationship and the lessons they taught each other in touching detail.

Peggy provides first-hand stories of Byron’s compassion, kindness, humility and competitive fire, and compiles a wide-range of tales from friends, family and fellow golfers.

Byron won 52 PGA Tour tournaments during his brilliant but brief career, including five major championships. A humble hero, he exited the professional golf scene to pursue other interests and avoid some of the attention his fame required.

“(Byron) didn’t consider himself famous, he would just say a lot of people know me,” Peggy relayed from Fairway Ranch just outside of Dallas. “He always tried to be very patient and one of the things I admired most about him was one of the reasons he left the Tour early. The pressure from media and fans had reached such a level, and there was so much attention, he was concerned he might be unkind to someone.”

Byron’s most notable achievement on the golf course came during the 1945 season, when he won an unprecedented 11 consecutive PGA Tour events, and 18 of 35 overall. He would finish second an astonishing seven times in the same year, and set a record for scoring average of 68.33 which stood until a guy named Tiger Woods broke it in 2000.

But above all, the most important aspect of Byron’s life was the relationships he formed with people and his relationship with God. Peggy hammers home the point that Byron never forgot where his talent came from, and took every opportunity to change the lives of those he encountered for the better. For a man with so much influence and fame, his humility was heaven sent.

“Humility is something you have to work at,” Peggy said. “Other people’s perception of you will be very closely tied to how you behave in the small moments as well as the big ones. Sometimes there are heroes that are really genuine heroes through and through.” 

 

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