1981 and August 1987, Nelson won 'only' four US
Tour events - yet three of them were major
championships. His favourite day is August 9.
Both his USPGA titles (1981 & 1987) were won
on Sunday 9th August.
Didn't start playing
golf until he was 21 years old, after serving two
years in the military service. He has an
excellent Ryder Cup record, winning his first
nine matches in the series. In winning the 1983
US Open at Oakmont, he played the last two rounds
in 132 strokes (65-67), which is still a
tournament record for the final 36 holes. Nelson
had started the third round seven strokes off the
pace. The quiet, unassuming, Nelson has a
reputation for being a steely competitor. When he
won his first major title in 1981 (USPGA
Championship), he started the final day four
strokes ahead of Fuzzy Zoeller in second place.
Eighteen holes later, the cool, calm, Nelson had
maintained that margin over the rest of the
fieldsfter firing a final day 71.
Nelson has won three major titles.