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DALLAS, Texas -- The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to posthumously grant Byron Nelson the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of the golf star's philanthropy.

Nelson died on Tuesday, aged 94, at his home in Roanoke.

He won a record 11 straight tournaments and 18 overall titles in 1945 and finished with 52 career wins.

The House voted in May to award the medal to Nelson.

The Senate approved The Byron Nelson Congressional Gold Medal Act on Wednesday and it now goes to President Bush.

"It is entirely fitting that, as we mourn the passing of Byron Nelson this week, we honor his life and tremendous service to his fellow Americans with the passage of this legislation today," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement.

"The Congressional Gold Medal is given to individuals who exemplify the American spirit by serving their community and helping those less fortunate, which is what Byron Nelson devoted his life to doing.

"The lives of countless Americans were touched because of the compassion, dedication and generosity of this great Texan."

Nelson won 52 tournaments in his career, 18 of them in 1945.

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