Bobby Jones, Golf's First Star And Masters Patron

October 9, 2022

Bobby Jones at St. Andrews, 9th July 1927. Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Allsport/Hulton/Archive

Long before Tiger Woods or even Jack Nicklaus, Atlanta’s own Bobby Jones stood atop golf’s Mount Rushmore. A cross between Happy Gilmore and Atticus Finch, Jones mastered the world’s hardest game, using equipment that looks like firewood compared to today’s space-aged technology.

Son of Robert “Colonel” Jones, Bobby remains the only person to win golf’s “Grand Slam,” taking all four majors within a single calendar year. He did so as an amateur before eventually graduating from Harvard and becoming a successful lawyer. Here’s the impressive life of golf’s first superstar, Bobby Jones.

Jones played in 31 championships, placing first or second more than half the time.

A Prodigy

Despite a sickly childhood, Jones’ talent shone from an early age. He won his first tournament at 6, practicing at the prestigious East Lake Country Club which coincidentally doubled as his backyard. At nine he earned the Club's Junior Championship. At age ten he shot 90; a year later 80, and before he hit his teenage years, he broke 70 at East Lake. That Club annually challenges pros vying for the PGA Tour Championship today.