Bobby Jones

Portrait of a Champion

Book Description

Bobby Jones accomplished something in the sporting world never before done by anyone. He won, in a single year, the four big events in the annals of golf--The national Amateur, The National Open, the British Open, and British Amateur. Bobby Jones created the Grand Slam of golf. This achievement crowned many years of top-level playing, and he promptly announced his retirement from competitive golf. Jones later founded the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters tournament, which has become one of the game's Major tournaments. This book chronicles the most amazing golf career in the history of the game.

From 1923 to 1930 Bobby Jones captured an amazing 62 percent of the national championships he entered, winning thirteen tournaments. He won five of eight U.S. Amateur Championships. He won one of the two British Amateurs he played in. In eleven of the last twelve open championships he entered, he finished no worse than second, winning seven times. In 1926, Jones became the first player ever to capture the "Double," winning the U.S. and British Open Championships in the same year. In 1930, he accomplished the Grand Slam, winning the British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open, and U.S. Amateur tournaments.

About Keeler, O.B.

O.B. Keeler was a popular golf magazine writer, and with Bobby Jones wrote Down the Fairway and Goodbye to Golf. In 1926 he wrote for the Associated Press the only set interview with Bobby Jones. For this Keeler was made an honorary member for life of the Associated Press General Staff--an honor shared by only a select few! In 1930, he wrote the only interview on golf by the Prince of Wales. He also wrote an article for the Encyclopedia Britannica on "The Technique of the Golf Stroke." He died in 1950.