The lessons of Bobby Jones

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Perspective

"Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies."
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Pay attention

"I never learned anything from a match that I won."
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Don't hesitate

"Once a swing is under way, the only thing I can think of is hitting the ball. To attempt to think of anything else is the most certain method of courting absolute ruin."
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Economize

"The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two."
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On luck

"I have found out this much: In the long run it seems to play no favorites - if the run is long enough.'
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Keep focus

"Old Man Par, the imperturbable economist! Make a friend and a constant foe of him, and the other boys won't be quite so rough on you."
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Rest and relax

"Years ago I discovered that the best preparation for a big tournament, for me, was as much rest as I could acquire."
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Trust instinct

"I can't help the opinion that it is judgment more than mechanical execution that counts, when you're in trouble."
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Be your best

"In order to win, you must play your best golf when you need it most, and play your sloppy stuff when you can afford it. I shall not attempt to explain how you achieve this happy timing."
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Description

The influence of Bobby Jones on golf, Augusta and the Masters Tournament remains vital more than four decades after his death.

And while his talents as a golfer are well known, his friends and most of his biographers were always impressed with his writing skills and use of language.

He used this to share lessons that applied not only to golf, but to life. A life in which Bobby Jones valued honor, grace, dignity and sportsmanship.

Here are some examples:

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