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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Between 1923 and 1930, Bobby Jones entered 20 major championships and won 13 of them, culminating with the Grand Slam — the 1930 British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. A lifelong amateur, Jones played only in spurts while also collecting degrees from Harvard (literature), Georgia Tech (engineering) and attending law school at Emory, which he left early to take (and pass) the bar. He retired from championship golf at 28 and went on to practice law. He founded and helped design Augusta National.

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John Garrity Takes a Midnight Stroll With the Ghost of Bobby Jones
I'll be the first to admit that I was under a lot of stress. My New York editors had been pressing me for years to "do Jones." They said the public was tired of greenkeeper ghosts and apparitions with muttonchop whiskers who won at Prestwick in the gaslight era. "Jones is the gold standard," they said. "Get Jones or get lost." It did me no good to explain that Robert Tyre Jones Jr. is the shyest of golf ghosts. Read More

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