Date of birth: March 17, 1902
Place of birth: Atlanta, Ga.
Date of death: Dec. 18, 1971
Nickname: Bobby is the nickname; his full name was Robert Tyre Jones Jr.
U.S. Open: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
British Open: 1926, 1927, 1930
U.S. Amateur: 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930
British Amateur: 1930
Awards and Honors:
Named to 5 U.S. Walker Cup teams
Captain, U.S. Walker Cup team, 1928, 1930
Cofounder, Augusta National Golf Club
USGA's annual award for sportsmanship is named the Bobby Jones Award
Bobby Jones: "Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears."
Writer Herbert Warren Wind: "In the opinion of many people, of all the great athletes, Jones came the closest to being what we call a great man."
Bobby Jones Biography:
Jones was born into a well-to-do family in Atlanta. But he was, according to bobbyjones.com, "such a sickly child that he was unable to eat solid food until he was five years old."
He began winning tournaments at age 6, and by age 14 Jones was playing in national championships. Jones' career is sometimes divided into two segments, the "Seven Lean Years" and the "Seven Fat Years."
The lean years were from ages 14 to 21, the fat years from ages 21 to 28. Jones was a prodigy, and playing in national championships at a young age, his fame grew. Yet he rarely won anything of significance. At the 1921 British Open, frustrated with his play, he picked up his ball and walked off the course. His temper was well-known and there were many club-throwing incidents.
But when Jones finally broke through by winning the 1923 U.S. Open, the "fat years" began. From 1923 to 1930, Jones played in 21 national championships ... and won 13 of them. His brilliance culminated in 1930 when he won the Grand Slam of the time: the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur all in the same year.
And then, at age 28, Jones retired from competitive golf. In 1931, Jones started working on the first golf instructional videos, movie shorts entitled How I Play Golf (compare prices) that played in theaters. He helped design the first-ever set of matched clubs. He practiced law. He cofounded Augusta National and the Masters Tournament.
In 1948 Jones was diagnosed with a rare disease of the central nervous system and never played golf again. He spent most of his later years in a wheelchair, but continued to host the Masters. He died in 1971 at the age of 69.
Bobby Jones was among the first class of inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.