And I'm interested to hear more about this ... I kind of understand Nelson, with a lot of his wins coming during the wars years, but why throw Jones in here?
That's easy. Because Jones only won 7 professional events. Snead won 82. The GOAT discussion should be around his entire career, not four or five years.
From 1923 to 1930, over those 8 years Jones played in 11 National championships (US Opens and Open Championships). He won 7 of them, and finished 2nd 3 times. He wanted to win those tournaments just as badly as the guys playing for money. He was just as nervous on the first tee, and just as spent at the culmination. He also won a couple of Open tournaments in the South, against the pros. That was a hell of a run. At the time of his retirement, he was universally regarded as the best ever.