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Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones

As a golfer, Bobby Jones set the standard for excellence. He won 13 major championships in eight years, all while maintaining his status as an amateur before retiring at age 28. His crowning achievement was winning all four of golf's majors in 1930 to complete the only Grand Slam in a calendar year. Jones also found time to complete degrees in mechanical engineering and English literature, and he was admitted to the Georgia bar after one year of law school. Jones didn't settle for anything but the best in retirement, either. In course architect Alister MacKenzie, he found a kindred soul who appreciated the same values of how a golf course should play. In Clifford Roberts, he found the perfect administrator capable of organizing a club and running it with a firm hand. Roberts and MacKenzie get plenty of credit for their contributions to the creation of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament that followed. But make no mistake: Without Jones, there would be neither. His spirit, like the dogwoods and azaleas that cover Augusta National, permeates the Masters. Tales of his sportsmanship and sense of fair play are retold each spring to a new generation, and his code of etiquette is still a must-read for any Masters visitor.