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Thursday
Sep212017

The Calamity Jane Story Updated

Really great work here by Jonathan Wall of PGATour.com to revisit the story of Calamity Jane and clarify the history of Bobby Jones' beloved putter. (The Tour Championship winner receives a replica.)

Besides explaining what the putter with 8 degrees of loft meant to Jones, Wall's piece includes a fun Q&A with Jones historian Sid Matthew at the end.

A teaser related to a Jones reunion with Jane in 1936:

Jones eventually walked away from competition at 28, on the heels of his historic victory at the 1930 U.S. Open that completed the then-Grand Slam that also included wins that year at the U.S. and British Amateurs and the Open Championship. In the years that followed, Calamity Jane would fade into the distance, but from time to time, Jones would reunite with his old friend and the sparks would fly.

As golf writer Bill Fields noted in a Golf Digest story on the famed putter, Jones brought the putter out of retirement at the 1936 Masters and promptly shot 64 at Augusta National with just 25 putts.

"It's just like an old friend now," Jones told The New York Times back then. "The ball kept going up to the cup and acting as though it had eyes."

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Reader Comments (7)

Thanks Geoff. As a hickory nut who wields a replica Calamity Jane, I really appreciated the read.
09.21.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
Good read, but just to clarify one thing - Jones may have shot 64 at Augusta in 1936, but he didn't do it in the actual tournament. He finished 34th with a score of 306, his lowest round a 73. The first player to shoot 64 in The Masters was Lloyd Mangrum in 1940.
09.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Bobby Jones, Bobby Locke. The Bobbys sure had it.
09.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
He may not have done it in the toonamint, but imagine how great it would have been to see in person.
09.22.2017 | Unregistered Commenternatural fibers
Re Jones' 64, Saturday March 28, 1936, a casual round with "Big Ed" Dudley, Al "Scotty" Campbell, Johnny Dawson.
09.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I wonder who is making the replica. Must give Tad a call
09.22.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHardy Greaves
Great read...Thank you.
09.23.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Pur

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