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Late bloomer Nelson rose through ranks

Originally Published: November 11, 2009
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

His story has been as underplayed as it is remarkable, and ranking the accomplishments in his life as a golfer makes for a good argument.

Larry Nelson never shot a score as high as 100 since taking up golf, which he did not do until age 21.

Within three years of first hitting balls, Nelson earned his PGA Tour card -- and within nine years won a tournament.

He did all of this after being drafted into the U.S. Army and serving in Vietnam, then went ...

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