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In tribute to Bobby, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013

Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. was a lawyer. He was also the most successful amateur golfer the world has ever seen from 1923-1930. In his final season, he won all four of golf’s major championships, defeating amateurs and professionals alike. During his brief seven year career, he played in 31 major tournaments, winning 13 of them, and finishing in the top ten 27 times. He later helped found the Masters Golf Tournament and the course on which it is played each year. Jones died from a crippling spinal disease in 1971, and his fans have honored his memory by converting his gravesite to a putting green (note the incongruous putting cup within the shadow adjacent to the grave marker.) There are numerous golf balls (along with other mementos) also incongruously in residence here, many of them gathered into the long shadow cast by the marker. The greatest golfer of the Roaring 20s has not been forgotten.

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