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Robert Trent Jones Sr dies aged 93

Robert Trent Jones Sr., who designed many of the world's greatest golf courses, died Wednesday at his home in Fort Lauderdale. He was 93.

Jones designed some 310 golf courses in 45 U.S. states as well as courses on every continent but Australia and Antarctica. He is responsible for 20 of the 100 greatest courses in America, according to rankings in "Golf Digest."

Jones would have turned 94 on Tuesday, two days after the 100th U.S. Open is to be decided.

Jones earned the nickname "The Open Doctor" because of his work on several national championship courses, beginning in 1951 at Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Michigan. He also retooled Oakmont, Baltusrol, Olympic, Southern Hills and Congressional -- all U.S. Open venues -- from 1953-63.

The most extensive undertaking of his career came just seven years ago, when he designed and built 18 public courses, including 11 championship layouts, throughout Alabama. The area is known as the "Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail."

He is survived by his two sons, both of whom are course architects, and four grandchildren.

 

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