On today in 1930, golfer Bobby Jones wins his fourth main tournament of the year, making him the original person ever to win the “Grand Slam” of golf. Jones beat Gene Homans in match play format, 8 and 7, meaning he was eight holes with just seven holes left to play ahead.
Bobby Jones, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, had the image-excellent swing of each and every golfer’s dreams, regardless of in no way having taken a lesson. While nevertheless a youngster, Jones modeled his swing immediately after that of Stewart Maiden, a Scottish golfer who was simply the golf skilled at the Atlanta Club. It worked: Jones was mentioned to possess shot a 70 for 18 holes by the age of 12. At 14, he won his 1st of five U.S. Amateur Championships at the Merion Cricket Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where, 14 years later, he’d win the Grand Slam, his greatest triumph.
Jones’ 1930 Grand Slam-which contains victories in the U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Amateur and British Amateur in the identical year-was the original in golf history. The four events happened greater than a 5-month period, with the U.S. Amateur coming last. In the U.S. Amateur final, Jones played Gene Homans in head-to-head match play format. From the outset Jones showed himself to be the far better golfer, winning the 1st hole played, three of the initial four holes, and taking an earlier eight-hole lead. On what will be the final hole, Jones landed an extended putt nearby the edge of the cup along with his well-known rusty putter, which he referred to as Calamity Jane. With merely a slight tap essential for Jones to location the ball in to the hole, Homans had to hole his final putt in which to stay the match. With the majority of the 18,000 fans at the tournament silently surrounding the green and standing in the adjoining fairway, Homans rushed the putt and missed, then walked toward Jones to shake his hand, acknowledging defeat. Understanding the importance of the historic moment, the crowd rushed toward Jones-it took a squadron of Marines to lead Jones and Homans to safety.
Jones retired from golf at age 29, shortly following winning the Grand Slam. Over the length of his career, he won 4 U.S. Opens, five U.S. Amateurs, three British Opens and a single British Amateur. His total of 15 major tournaments wasn’t surpassed until Jack Nicklaus won his 16th significant in 1980.
In 1934, Jones founded the Augusta National Golf Club, and that identical year was between the founders of a brand new tournament named The Masters. As amateur play became considerably less frequent, the Masters replaced the U.S. Amateur in the Grand Slam. Today, a Grand Slam includes winning the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship.