12 photographs, index
Of all the giants of golf’s Golden Age, Bobby Jones was the most revered. His intelligence, modesty, eloquence, and charm—and the fact he remained an amateur throughout his career—so completely captivated the public that at times it seemed almost beside the point that he was also the best golfer in the world. Jones’s fame reached its peak in 1930 when he became the only golfer to ever win the Grand Slam and the only person in history to receive a second ticker-tape parade on Broadway.
Yet beneath the easy grace he exhibited on and off the golf course, there was another Bobby Jones—one who through the years battled his volatile temper; the pressure of competition that grew so unbearable he was often left near tears and unable to take any pleasure in winning; and, in the final decades of his life, an agonizing physical decline that robbed him of everything but his dignity.
Drawing on scores of interviews, a careful reconstruction of contemporary accounts, and Jones’s voluminous correspondence, award-winning sportswriter Ron Rapoport reveals the man behind the legend and provides a moving depiction of a long-gone sporting age.
Part I: Little Bob and Mr. Jones
1. East Lake Days
2. The Jewel of the South
3. The Keeper of the Flame
4. "Emotions Which Could Not Be Endured"
5. "By No Means Fit for the Honourable Company"
6. The Long Lane Turns
7. "My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, Are We Downhearted?"
8. "It Was Perfect and That Is All There Is to Say about It"
9. "Like a Hero Back from the War"
10. "He Belongs to Us All"
11. "You Can Never Know How I Envied You"
12. "Don't Kill the Star in the Prologue"
Part II: The Grand Slam
13. Impregnable Quadrilaterals, Then and Now
14. "Your Boy Is Just Too Good"
15. The British Amateur: "They Ought to Burn Him at the Stake"
16. The British Open: Great Men of Hoylake
17. The U.S. Open: "The Lord Must Have Had His Arms Around Me"
19. The U.S. Amateur: "Into the Land of My Dreams"
20. Quitting the Memorable Scene
Part III: The Best That Life Can Offer ... and the Worst
21. Hollywood, Augusta, and Beyond
22. "White as the Ku Klux Klan"
23. "I've Been Having Some Numbness in My Limbs"
24. "Will Ye No' Come Back Again?"
Sources and Acknowledgments