'I don't think that anyone will ever exceed the things that Byron did by winning 11 tournaments in a row in one year. But, I suppose that is not the most admirable thing that he did, although it was certainly tremendous. He was a fantastic person whom I admired from the time I was a boy.' -- Arnold Palmer.
'Apart from being one of the greatest players ever, Byron Nelson was always the epitome of a gentleman. His passing marks the end of arguably golf's most prolific era, which included the likes of Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. To my mind, Byron was possibly golf's most consistent player ever.' -- Ben Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion and winner of Nelson's tournament in 1983.
'Byron Nelson symbolized golf with a grace that embodied the game. The PGA of America and the game of golf have lost one of our teaching and playing giants, as well as one of the greatest ambassadors the game has ever known.' -- Roger Warren, president of The PGA of America.
'He was a legend who transcended generations and was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. Our players, young and old, looked to Byron as the consummate role model of our sport. His legacy spans across his historic performances, the gentle and dignified way he carried himself and his tremendous contributions to golf and society.' -- Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner.
'Byron has meant so much to so many people, and has been an integral and important part of this tournament since he first played here in 1935. Byron will be sorely missed at (next) year's champions dinner and will be remembered in perpetuity as players cross the bridge at No. 13 that bears his name.' -- Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters.
'He was the best of men, and a gentleman to all. His strength of character and generosity to others set him apart.' -- U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, whose district includes Nelson's Roanoke home.
'Byron Nelson donated an untold amount of time, resources and energy to help the underprivileged, and the lives of countless individuals have been touched and improved because of his great work. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on. He was a great Texan whose service to his fellow man has left this nation a much better place.' -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.
'His legacy of kindness, humility and reaching out to help others in need will endure forever. We will remember Byron fondly as we carry on our commitment to his namesake tournament.' -- Mike Jordan, chairman and CEO of Electronic Data Systems Corp., primary sponsor of the Byron Nelson Championship.
'As an active member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1971, Byron was more to us than a great golfer. He was a leader in the community and a great friend. Because of Byron's association with our club, we have been able to help thousands of children and families.' -- Lawrence M. Wesson, president of the Salesmanship Club, fundraising arm of the Nelson tournament.
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