Bobby Jones escaping a sand trap at Merion, Ardmore, PA., September 22, 1930.
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A large crowd and a caddy watch as Bobby Jones escapes a sand trap.

Credit: ┬ęCORBIS/Bettmann Donated by Corbis-Bettmann.

On September 22, 1930, the Bobby Jones legend reached critical mass at the 11th hole of Merion Golf Club when he closed out his opponents to win his fifth U.S. Amateur crown, and, with it, the Grand Slam of what was then golf's four majors. No golf course has hosted more national championships than Merion's 17, and in 2013 it will add another when the Open is again contested there for the first time since 1981. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the nation's golf courses, it is one of only two designed by Hugh Wilson, and known the world over for its use of wicker baskets instead of flagsticks and the blinding bunkers dubbed "The White Faces of Merion."

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