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Golfing great Byron Nelson, who won an unprecedented 11 successive PGA Tour events during 1945, died on Tuesday at the age of 94.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said he had died of natural causes at his ranch in Roanoke, Texas.
A five-times major winner who is widely considered the straightest hitter of the ball in history, American Nelson was also known for his elegant swing and chivalrous attitude, earning him the nickname 'Lord Byron'.
Although he never won the British Open, he claimed the Masters in 1937 and 1942, the
PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945 and captured his one
U.S. Open crown in Philadelphia in 1939.
"The golf world suffered a devastating loss with the passing of a true gentleman, Byron Nelson," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.