62nd Open - St Andrews 1927
Jones makes his mark on the Old Course
After his ignominious exit from the 1921 Open at St Andrews, Bobby Jones made a triumphant return to capture the 1927 Championship. He was the first amateur to win the title back-to-back and the first Champion to retain since James Braid in 1906. He now had two Claret Jugs to go with his two US Open titles and, having won both titles the previous year, was fully established as the greatest player of the age.
Six years earlier, when retaining a youthful impetuosity, Jones had struggled in the third round on the Old Course and when he took four strokes to escape from Hill bunker at the 11th, he tore up his card. Now he was in full control of his emotions and his game, perhaps except for driving into a bunker off the second tee three times out of four. He was only the second player, after Ted Ray, to lead outright from start to finish since The Open was extended to 72 holes. He opened with a record score of 68, going out in 32. He holed some huge putts, including from 40 yards at the long fifth for a 3.
Jones also had 3s at the sixth and the ninth and a 2 at the eighth. On the second day he had revenge on the 11th with a 2, while also recording three 3s at the hole during the week. He added rounds of 72 and 73 to lead by four and a closing 73 to finish on a total of 285, a new Championship record by six strokes. He won by six strokes from Aubrey Boomer, a Channel Islander based in France, and Fred Robson, a renowned club-maker. His Calamity Jane putter raised high out of harms way, Jones was lifted onto the shoulders of the excited crowd and paraded off the 18th green.
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