Who's who in golf - Bobby Jones


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Name: - Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr.
Country: - USA
Lived : - 1902-1971. Born on March 17, 1902 (St Patrick's Day) in Atlanta, Georgia / died 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.
Turned Pro: - n/a

Roll of Honour

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).


Golf course design

Augusta National (with Dr Alister MacKenzie); Peachtree GC, Atlanta (with Robert Trent Jones).


Did you know?

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.


Top tournaments won by Bobby Jones

1930Men AmateurBritish AmateurSt Andrews7 & 6n/a
The Amateur Championship (41st). Jones (USA) beat Roger Wethered (Eng) 7 and 6 in the final. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1930Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Liverpool291n/a
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].
1930Men AmateurUS AmateurMerion GC8 & 7n/a
The US Amateur Championship (34th). Jones (USA) beat Eugene Homans (USA) 8 and 7 in the final. This was the last of Jones' five US Amateur Championship titles, all won in the space of seven years. [Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA. Run by Merion Cricket Club at the time].
1930Men MajorsUS OpenInterlachen287 (-1)amateur
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].
1929Men MajorsUS OpenWinged Foot294 (+6)amateur
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].
1928Men AmateurUS AmateurBrae Burn CC, MA10 & 9n/a
The US Amateur Championship (32nd). Defending champion Jones (USA) beat T. Philip "Phil" Perkins (Eng) 10 and 9 in the final. This was the fourth of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Brae Burn CC, West Newton, Mass.].
1927Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews285n/a
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].
1927Men AmateurUS AmateurMinikahda Club8 & 7n/a
The US Amateur Championship (31st). Jones (USA) beat Charles "Chick" Evans Jr (USA) 8 and 7 in the final. This was the third of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota].
1926Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Lytham291n/a
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].
1926Men MajorsUS OpenScioto CC293 (+5)amateur
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].
1925Men AmateurUS AmateurOakmont CC, PA8 & 7n/a
The US Amateur Championship (29th). Jones (USA) won this title for the second straight year, beating Watts Gunn (USA) 8 and 7 in the final. This was the second of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
1924Men AmateurUS AmateurMerion GC9 & 8n/a
The US Amateur Championship (28th). Jones (USA) beat George Von Elm (USA) 9 and 8 in the final. This was the first of Jones' five US Amateur Championship wins. [Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA. Run by Merion Cricket Club at the time].
1923Men MajorsUS OpenInwood CC296 (+8)amateur
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].

 

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