On this day, In 1946 Byron Nelson won the New Orleans Open for the 2nd year in a row
On this day, In 1946 Byron Nelson the defending champion retained his title at the City Park Golf Course. He fired a solid final round of 66, -6 under par for a 277 total to edge the field by five. Before the start of the final round he trailed Ben Hogan by two but persevered to enable the win.
Hogan had gained the lead at the end of first round and retained it through the next two. It looked like bantam Ben was in the drivers seat until Nelson stole it from his childhood rival & friend.
Byron did it in dominating fashion with nine birdies and just three bogeys at the City Park Golf Course. He shot 33-33=66 on the mainly flat layout. Nelson’s total of 277 was just one off the tournament record set by Henry Picard back in 1941. Nelson joined Picard as the only two time winners of the New Orleans event (at the time, seven more would go on to win twice).
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