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A head pro with a sharp eye, George Jacobus, spotted young Byron Nelson at Augusta National, scouting out job offers. What came next were the Texan’s all-important New Jersey Years, a pair of seasons in the mid-1930s when Nelson’s protean talents were first proven.
Until 1986, and perhaps the greatest Masters ever, Augusta National Golf Club had no mass outlet for its Masters “movie,” a huge-budget highlight film produced to Hollywood standards and seen only by a few Boy Scouts and Rotarians.