Name:Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr.
Lived:[1902-1971]. Born on March 17, 1902 (St Patrick's Day) in Atlanta, Georgia. Died on Dec 18, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 69.
Original/Home Club:East Lake CC, Atlanta, GA.
Occupation:Amateur golfer, lawyer, golf writer and instructor, course designer, founder of The Masters Tournament.
Majors (13), including a career slam of all four majors as they existed at the time (US Open and Amateur, British Open and Amateur Championships). Walker Cup player (1922, '24, '26, '28, '30). Walker Cup captain (1928, '30). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1974).
Augusta National (with Dr Alister MacKenzie); Peachtree GC, Atlanta (with Robert Trent Jones).
Bobby Jones, the only son of Colonel Robert P. Jones and his wife Clara, took up golf aged six. During his relatively short, competitive career he became the greatest amateur golfer in the game's history. In the space of eight years from 1923, he won 13 major championship titles, culminating in a same-year grand slam in 1930 (comprising at that time the British and US Opens and the British and US Amateur Championships). At the age of 28, he retired from competitive golf to practice law in Georgia. Jones memory lives on in the US Masters, which he founded, and the golf course it is played on, Augusta National, which he also founded. He is also known for his instructional books and films, which have provided invaluable guidance to golfers over the years. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was afflicted by a crippling illness, which confined him to a wheelchair. Commenting on his condition he reminded a fellow writer that "we must all play the ball as it lies" - perhaps the greatest golfing metaphor for life itself.
The Open Championship (65th) (June 18-20). Second-placed Macdonald Smith (Scot) and Leo Diegel (USA) finished 2 shots behind Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr (USA, amateur). [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
The US Open (34th) (July 10-12). Second-placed Macdonald Smith (Scot) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Jones (USA, amateur). This was the last of Jones' four US Open wins. [Interlachen CC, Edina, nr Minneapolis, Minnesota].
The Amateur Championship (41st). Jones (USA) beat Roger Wethered (Eng) 7 and 6 in the final. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
The US Amateur Championship (34th) (Sept 22-27). Bobby Jones (USA) beat Eugene Homans (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. This was the last of Jones' five US Amateur Championship titles, all won in the space of seven years. [East course, Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA. Run by Merion Cricket Club at the time].
The US Open (33rd) (June 27-30). Jones (USA, amateur) beat Al Espinosa (USA) in a 36-hole playoff: Jones 141 (-3), Espinosa 164 (+20). This was the third of Jones' four US Open wins. [West course, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, NY].
The US Amateur Championship (32nd) (Sept 10-15). Defending champion Bobby Jones (USA) beat T. Phillip "Phil" Perkins (Eng) 10 and 9 in the 36-hole final. This was the fourth of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Brae Burn CC, West Newton, Mass.].
The US Amateur Championship (31st) (Aug 22-27). Bobby Jones (USA) beat Charles "Chick" Evans Jr (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. This was the third of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota].
Played as the Southern Open (March 24-26, 28; Southern Golf Assoc event). Second-placed John Golden (USA) and Johnny Farrell (USA) finished 8 shots behind Bobby Jones (USA, amateur). As an amateur, Jones was not entitled to any prize money. Golden and Farrell sought permission to playoff for the first and second-place prize money, rather than splitting it equally as the rules laid down. In their Monday playoff, Golden (70) took the $4,000 first-place prize money, and Farrell (71) the $1,750 for second place. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, Georgia].
The Open Championship (62nd) (July 13-15). Second-placed Aubrey Boomer (Eng) and Fred Robson (Eng) finished 6 shots behind defending champion Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr (USA, amateur). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
The US Open (30th) (July 8-10). Second-placed Joe Turnesa (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jones (USA, amateur). This was the second of Jones' four US Open wins. [Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio].
The Open Championship (61st) (June 23-25). Second-placed Al Watrous (USA) finished 2 shots behind Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr (USA, amateur). In trouble in a fairway bunker at the long par-4 17th in the final round, Jones played an unbelievable shot from the bunker onto the green. A plaque beside the bunker now celebrates this extraordinary shot. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
The US Amateur Championship (29th) (Aug 31-Sept 5). Defending champion Bobby Jones (USA) beat Watts Gunn (USA) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. This was the second of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
The US Amateur Championship (28th) (Sept 20-27). Bobby Jones (USA) beat George Von Elm (USA) 9 and 8 in the 36-hole final. This was the first of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [East course, Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA. Run by Merion Cricket Club at the time].
The US Open (27th) (July 13-15). Bobby Jones (USA, amateur) beat Bobby Cruickshank (Scot) in an 18-hole playoff: Jones 76 (+4), Cruickshank 78 (+6). This was the first of Jones' four US Open wins. [Inwood CC, Inwood, Long Island, NY].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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