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IRVING, Texas (AP) Ken Venturi was a 14-year-old with a camera trying to get a picture of Byron Nelson when he first met the golfer who would become a mentor and dear friend.
"He was, like, getting under the ropes a little bit, " Nelson's widow, Peggy, recalled Saturday of that moment during the 1946 San Francisco Open. "Byron said, `Kid, could you move back under the ropes a little ways?' And Ken goes home and tells his mom, I met the greatest man today, Byron Nelson, and he spoke to me."
Venturi died Friday, in the middle of tournament week for the Byron Nelson Championship.