A Golf Story: Bobby Jones, Augusta National, and the Masters Tournament

By Charles Price

Quickly after its unique ebook in 1986, A golfing tale was once heralded as one of many classics of golfing literature. it's a booklet that intertwines 3 immortal subjects-Bobby Jones, Augusta nationwide, and the Masters Tournament-into one compelling narrative. those 3 tales are inextricably associated; jointly, they shape a desirable backdrop to an April drama that's specified within the annals of golfing and that, like Jones himself, transcends activities. utilizing firsthand stories with Augusta nationwide and the Masters match that date again to 1948, Charles expense spent 3 years weaving jointly this old tale and, in an exceptional circulation, Augusta nationwide opened its guarded files for his study, thereby making this e-book the 1st licensed heritage of either the membership and the event.

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What’s extra, he used to be entering the novice Championship at Pebble seashore as usa Open Champion once more, having received that championship for the 3rd time simply 3 months ahead of. And he used to be basically twenty-seven, leaving past the public’s mind's eye simply what number titles he might win sooner than he was once comprehensive taking part in competitively, an finish then nowhere in sane sight. even though he was once essentially the most publicly well known determine in American activities and the main certainly loved by way of different golfers in the course of the global, Jones’s mere presence at the first tee had a manner of disarming lots of the beginner or even many of the specialist competitors he used to be paired opposed to or with. They knew what he may possibly do to a golfing direction as soon as he bought rolling. even supposing he had misplaced thirty-six-hole playoffs to pros for the USA Open, every one through a unmarried stroke, he had received others opposed to them, certainly one of which were for this year’s Open via a crushing margin of twenty-three strokes. within the 13 fits scheduled for thirty-six holes that he had performed whereas successful his 4 usa Amateurs thus far, he had received by way of a standard margin of 9 holes up and 8 to play, a determine which may be extrapolated into which means that he may be anticipated to win one among each 3 holes he performed with no wasting any. when you have been going to overcome Bobby Jones, then, you had higher do it prior to he equipped up momentum. nevertheless, you will probably need to seize him on an off day, of which he didn't have many. In warming up for the Walker Cup fit opposed to nice Britain on the Chicago golfing membership the 12 months sooner than, Jones had performed it and close by classes for the 1st occasions. In twelve rounds, he broke the direction files for all 3 classes, certainly one of them by means of scoring seven immediately threes, and at Chicago broke his personal checklist at the day after he had set it. Ten of these twelve rounds have been within the 60s, and none of them over par. within the fits themselves, Jones were drawn within the singles opposed to Englishman Phil Perkins, the present British novice champion. Jones had received, 13 and twelve. within the ultimate of the U.S. novice weeks later, Jones confronted Perkins back. This time Jones received by way of ten and 9. After specialist Tommy Armour had received the us Open in 1927 at Oakmont—where Jones, by the way, had performed very badly, completing in a tie for eleventh—Armour and Jones performed various pleasant suits for small sums throughout the summer season that undefined. Armour couldn’t win a unmarried fit. eventually, simply because Jones couldn’t stand taking funds clear of pros, whose friendship he valued up to they did his, he secretly started giving Armour one up an aspect. Years later, Armour might inform the tale on himself. requested how he might settle for “ups” from an novice, relatively while he himself used to be Open Champion on the time, Armour bristled. “Because,” he stated, “that’s how goddam strong he used to be. ” there have been a number of issues that separated the Jones character from such a lot if no longer the entire nice golfers prior to him, amateurs and execs.

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