Happy birthday to my favorite golfer of all time, Bobby Jones. Yes, ironically Bobby Jones was born on St. Patrick’s Day. No wonder everything at the Masters is green.
I had the pleasure of meeting golf’s greatest professional, Jack Nicklaus. Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet golf’s greatest amateur, Robert Tyre Jones Jr.
Bobby Jones won 13 major championships, the original grand slam and of course was the co-designer and founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.
Had Jones not retired from golf at the age of 28, the records Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus set in majors would pale in comparison to what he would have accomplished. 13 majors by 28? Wow. By the time he was 28, Tiger Woods had won eight major championships.
Mr. Jones, I deeply respect what you did for the game of golf and regret that I never had the chance to meet you. I was six years old when you passed. I look forward to continuing to pay my respects to you when standing on the 1st tee of The Old Course at St. Andrews where you stood many times. I’ll be there this July.
Happy birthday Bobby Jones.