Author(s): Mark Frost
In the wake of the 1929 stock-market crash, an amateur golfer began a decade of unparalleled achievement, seeming a ray of light in an otherwise depressed America. Bobby Jones won the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the US Open and the US Amateur Championship. A new phrase was born: The Grand Slam. A modest, sensitive man, a lawyer from a middle-class Atlanta family, Jones had barely survived a sickly childhood, and took up golf at the age of five for health reasons. He made his debut at the US Amateur Championship in 1916 and his genius was recognised by his inspiration, Francis Ouimet. However, he had an ungovernable temper and it wasn't until 1923 that Jones harnessed his talent and eclipsed Ouimet. His health was never good and the strain of completing the Slam exacted a ferocious toll; the US Open, played in July in blazing heat, nearly killed him. Jones fought to keep his fragile condition a secret from a country suffering from the Depression, but at the age of 28, after winning the US Amateur, he retired.
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Shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards: Autobiography 2005.
Mark Frost is the author of THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, THE LIST OF SEVEN, THE SIX MESSIAHS and BEFORE I WAKE. He has written and produced several television series, including Hill Street Blues and Twin Peaks.