Bobby Jones (real name Robert Tyre Jones Jr.; born March 17, 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; † December 18, 1971) is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Despite his outstanding track record, he remained an amateur throughout his life and did not turn professional.
Jones' greatest victories came between 1923 and 1930, during which time he won 62 percent of all the national championships he competed in. He finished first in the U.S. Amateur Championships five times.
He won the Open Championship three times, the US Open four times and the British Amateur Championship once. In 1930, Jones won all four major titles and entered the history books of the sport with this "Grand Slam". Jones then retired from active competition at the age of 28.
Jones mastered the short game like no other at the time. He practiced chipping and putting in his parents' backyard as a child. Throughout his career, Jones used his "Calamity Jane" putter exclusively.
After his golf career, in addition to his profession as a lawyer, he also worked as an author of golf books and as a golf instructor. In 1933, Jones designed the Augusta National Course together with Alister MacKenzie and established the Masters a short time later.
In 1974, Jones was among the first golfers inducted into the newly created World Golf Hall of Fame.
Jones is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
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