Beginning in 1916 at the age of 14 and ending in 1930 at the age of 30, Bob Jones played in 31 major golf championships, winning 13 of them. He won the U.S. Amateur five times, the U.S. Open four times, the British Open three times and the British Amateur once. His greatest golfing achievement came in 1930 when he became the only player in history to win golf’s Grand Slam. He then retired from competitive golf at the age of 30.
During the 15 years he played major championship golf, Bob Jones entered 52 tournaments – an average of only four per year. Of these, he won 23. Perhaps the finest measurement of his golfing genius, next to the grand slam, was his record in national open championships. From 1922-30, he contested in nine U.S. and three British Open Championships, and finished first or second in all but one of them.
Bob Jones, as he preferred to be known, was truly an amateur golfer all his life, devoting most of his active playing years to his education, family, law practice and civic responsibilities. As a golfer, he epitomized skill and sportsmanship wherever the game is played.