But that was a decade ago. Today Nelson can afford all the drivers he wants, although he gets his clubs free from MacGregor, the company he represents. Of the two of them, Byron is more eager to leave the tour and settle down on a ranch in Texas, while Louise encourages him to play a bit longer. "I'm willing to buy a ranch," she has told her husband, "but I don't want to dip into savings to do it."
Which is why Nelson will keep at it. He will tee off at the Canadian Open in Toronto in a few days, trying for number 11 and more money for the ranch.