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Little did Augusta know what a precedent it was setting when it first presented its green winner's jacket. Jeremy Ellwood investigates what has followed...
When you check out this collection, it would be fair to say that sometimes just the trophy would suffice…
From tartans that pay homage to the game’s Scottish origins, to flame red, bright yellow, pastel pink and the odd sombre one, winners all around the world can suddenly find themselves with something extra to hang in the wardrobe. Sometimes, those winner's jackets will never see the light of day again!
Last day Masters contenders with a serious eye on the title really should wear something that goes with green - unlike Bernhard Langer’s 1985 flame-red ensemble.
Boo Weekley has two of the gaudy red tartan winners’ jackets hanging alongside the rather more sombre hunting gear in his wardrobe. A back-to-back winner in 2007 and ’08.
Tiger, Padraig and Poults have all donned this Japanese event’s blue tartan jacket this century, with Luke Donald, David Duval and Thomas Bjorn among the other big-name winners since the millennium.
Rodney Pampling, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Adam Scott are among the Aussies to suffer the indignity of the fluorescent yellow jacket this decade.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Tiger has eight of Arnie’s navy Bay Hill blazers tucked away in his wardrobe – one of four professional events he has won at least seven times.
Omega European Masters
You’d happily sport bright red too if you thought Cindy Crawford might be joining you on the podium, as has been known.
Volvo China Open
2008 winner Damien McGrane admits wearing his traditional gold silk jacket to one or two parties back home, but it’s hard to see him wearing it down the local pub.
PGA Grand Slam of Golf
When you’ve won one of the Majors to qualify you can probably live with the pastel pink winner’s number.
Given the rowdiness of the fans at this Phoenix event, a plain black blazer seems slightly out-of-keeping.
This annual event organised by GM editor Mike Harris sees the winner presented with an ill-fitting brown charity shop jacket. Rarely actually staged in Cornwall (don’t ask).
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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