A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Bobby Jones

Career years: 1919-1930
Accolades: Career Grand Slam (1930), 13 Majors, nine PGA Tour titles, James E. Sullivan Award winner (1930), World Golf Hall of Fame (1974)
Last stand: 1930 US Amateur Championship, Merion Golf Club, Haverford Township, Ardmore, Pa: Bobby Jones defeats Eugene V. Homans (8 & 7)

Bobby Jones is arguably the greatest golfer of all time. Having swept the Grand Slam of 1930 at the age of 28, and being one of the founders of the Masters tournament we know today, Jones was a pioneer of the game both on and off the green. He retired after 1930, because, well, where could you really go from there? The best part was that Jones' main profession was a lawyer, he only competed at golf on the amateur level on a part-time basis.

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