US amateur golfer, whose record of thirteen major titles out of twenty-seven championships in eight years (1923–30) is unlikely to be surpassed by amateur or professional.
Jones's impressive performance began when he won the US Open championship at the age of twenty-one. He went on to win three more US Opens, three British Open championships, five US amateur championships, and one British amateur championship. In 1926 he became the first person to hold both the British and US Open titles simultaneously. The greatest year of his career was 1930, when within five months he won the British amateur, the British Open, the US Open, and the US amateur.
During these eight years he also obtained degrees in English literature and engineering and qualified as a barrister. He retired from tournament golf in 1930 in order to make a series of golf instruction films for Warner Brothers for a reputed fee of $250,000. Although he refused to play as a professional, he continued to take an interest in golf and helped many young players, including Jack Nicklaus.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).