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Jones Jubilee
Jeff Silverman
November 29, 2004
THE GRAND SLAM: BOBBY JONES, AMERICA, AND THE STORY OF GOLF.
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November 29, 2004

Jones Jubilee

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To see how reluctant a public personality Jones was, check out the three-DVD collection of the 12 How I Play Golf instructional shorts Jones filmed in 1931, and the six-part sequel, How to Break 90, shot two years later. In every episode Jones looks as if he has smelled something awful; not even comical co-stars like W.C. Fields and Joe E. Brown can crack Bobby's tense veneer and snoozy monotone.

Today these lessons have little instructional value, but they are still entertaining. As is this anecdote from Frost: When Jones completed the Slam at the U.S. Amateur, his caddie, Howard Rexford, took the winning ball. Three decades later Rexford inexplicably used the ball in a match and lost one of golf's most sacred artifacts. Jones would've loved that. -- Jeff Silverman

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