November 23, 2015

Jones may or may not have been the greatest player ever. What’s undeniable is that he possessed the greatest resume ever. The Atlanta native grew up at East Lake, in a home across the street from the club and was golf’s earliest child prodigy. He competed in the 1916 U.S. Amateur at age 14, reaching the quarterfinals, after winning the Georgia State Amateur earlier in the year. Between 1923 and ’30, he competed in 20 major championships and won 13 of them, including the Grand Slam, all four of the existing majors, in 1930. A lifelong amateur, Jones retired at the height of his powers at age 28 and later co-founded Georgia’s greatest golf club, Augusta National.