The 1942 Masters was the last one before play was suspended due to World War II, so the champion in 1942 held his title until the tournament resumed in 1946.
And that champion was Byron Nelson, winning his second Masters and fourth overall major. To earn that victory, Nelson had to overcome an old rival, Ben Hogan.
Hogan and Nelson grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and first met as youngsters among the caddies working at Glen Garden Country Club. In 1927, when both were in their mid-teens, Nelson defeated Hogan to win the club's caddie championship tournament.
At the 1942 Masters, Hogan caught Nelson in the final round, shooting 70 to Nelson's 73, forcing an 18-hole playoff for the championship. Hogan started fast in the playoff, taking a 3-stroke lead after five holes. And Hogan played well the rest of the way, going 1-under over the final 13 holes. But Nelson played those remaining holes in 5-under, carding a 69 to Hogan's 70 and grabbing the trophy away from Hogan once again.