When he returned to New York City aboard the SS Europa, Jones received his second ticker-tape parade down Broadway (the first had occurred four years earlier when he had become the only amateur ever to win the U.S. and British Open championships in the same year). This same parade had honored the likes of General John Pershing and Charles Lindbergh and would, in future years, honor heroes like Dwight Eisenhower and John Glenn. Bobby Jones remains the only golfer and one of only two people—astronaut John Glenn was the other—to have been so honored twice.
The 1930 U.S. Open was held at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tournament was played during one of the most severe heat waves that area of the country had ever seen. Temperatures soared into the 100s forcing players to contend not only with the golf course and their competitors, but with the almost unbearable heat and humidity. Once again, Jones was involved in a dramatic finish—this time with a couple of bizarre events along the way.
Bobby Jones, on being told that it was more than 100 degrees in the shade:
"Well, I'm glad we don't have to play in the shade."
During the second round of the tournament, Jones pushed his tee shot to the right on the ninth hole along the bank of a lake. Attempting to go for the green in two, Jones was in the middle of his backswing when two young girls broke from the crowd and ran toward the fairway. Jones, catching a glimpse of them with his peripheral vision, flinched on the shot and topped the ball toward the lake where it struck the water some twenty yards short of the far bank. Amazingly, the ball skipped like a flat stone on the water and came out on the other side just thirty yards short of the green. Jones would chip to within two feet and finish the hole with an unlikely birdie. Although Jones would later refute the notion, spectators swore the ball had struck a lily pad floating in the lake. Forever dubbed the "lily pad shot," this strange event merely added to the already larger-than-life legend of Bobby Jones.
The final round of the tournament had its own share of unusual events and drama. The 17th hole at Interlachen was the longest par-3 in Open history at 263 yards. Jones pushed his tee shot to the right and, despite the presence of thousands of spectators, not one person saw the ball bounce. After a five-minute search, the ball was declared lost and Jones was forced to drop another. He made double bogey, reducing his lead to just one shot going into the final hole.
On the 18th, Jones left his approach shot some forty feet short of the cup. Facing the possibility of a three-putt and a playoff, Jones calmly stroked the ball. The long, uphill putt somehow found the hole and Jones finished with an unlikely birdie and a two shot victory. Bobby Jones had become the first man to break par for 72 holes in a U.S. Open and now stood just one major championship away from the Grand Slam.