If Bobby Jones did not exist, the mythmaking sportswriters of the
Golden Age of Sports might have had to invent him. And in a
sense, perhaps they did.
Just beginning to realize their power to create idols on a scale
never before imagined, the writers of the 1920s stood in awe of Jones
in a way that left Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey,Bill Tilden, Red Grange,
and the other great athletes of the era behind.
As talented and popular as these others were, they were in it for
the money, while Jones, who played as an amateur and never
accepted a winner’s purse, was not....