Biography of Golfer and Athlete Bobby Jones

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Bobby Jones

Robert Tyre Jones, better known as Bobby Jones, is considered one of golf's turly immortal players. Jones, who never turned professional, dominated major tournaments during the decade of the 1920s, climaxing his play with his famous "Grand Slam" in 1930--victories in the U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Amateur, and British Amateur.

He retired from active competition at the end of that year, although only 28 years old, an age when most professionals are just beginning to win major championships. In his 15-year career, he amassed 21 wins, 13 of them major championships--a record that stood until 1973, when it was equaled by Jack Nicklaus. Jones won 4 U.S. Opens, 5 U.S. Amateurs, 3 British Opens, and one British Amateur. In the 8 years preceding his retirement from tournament competition, he won 62% of the national championships he entered.

Jones, who was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1902, began playing golf as a child and became an accomplished player early, competing in the 1916 U.S. Amateur when he was only 14 years old. He had already won the Georgia Amateur that year. After winning the Southern Amateur in 1917, 1920, and 1922, he won his 1st major championship, the U.S. Open, in 1923 by beating Bobby Cruickshank by 2 strokes in a play-off. Runner-up in the U.S. Open the next 2 years, he won the titles again in 1926, 1929, and 1930. He was runner-up in the Open one other time and tied for 2nd once. In 8 out of 9 successive U.S. Opens, Jones won 4 and was runner-up in 4. It was in an era when golf had several great professional and amateur stars.

He competed in only a few tournaments each year, playing an average of about 3 months out of the 12 in competition, but he did play fun matches with his father and friends at his home club in Atlanta, taking time out from his law practice. He helped Cliff Roberts launch the Masters in Augusta in 1934.

He became ill with a spinal ailment in the late '40s, and later was confined to a wheelchair. He died December 18, 1971, at the age of 69.

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