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Setting a new standard: Bobby Jones wins the Grand Slam in 1930

O.B. Keeler and Bobby Jones
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Robert T. Jones Jr. (left) and writer O.B. Keeler are seen here with Jones's 1930 grand slam trophies: the British Open, the U.S. Amateur, the British Amateur and the U.S. Open.

It would soon become the most recognizable event in golf.

The Masters, United States Open, British Open and PGA Championship make up the modern Grand Slam, and it is no secret that professional golfers dream of claiming such a lofty feat.

Woods has come close. He won four consecutive majors between 2000 and 2001 (the 2000 United States Open, British Open and PGA Championship; the 2001 Masters), but Jones is the only one to have done it in the same year. Ben Hogan won three majors in 1953 and might have won a fourth, the PGA, but he missed the tournament because it conflicted with his appearance in the British Open.

Palmer won the first half of the Grand Slam in 1960 and Nicklaus won the first two majors of 1972, but neither could carry the momentum through the summer.

Earlier this year, Woods proclaimed that winning the Grand Slam was "easily within reason," only to fall three strokes shy of Trevor Immelman's winning mark at the Masters. After coming up short, Woods said he would no longer broadcast his intentions but, really, he doesn't have to. Jones set the bar during a long ago summer. It is up to Woods and others to try and hurdle it.

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