Miguel Angel Jimenez playing to the crowd in his red Omega European Masters winner's jacket in 2010
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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!

The Masters

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.

Slight wardrobe malfunction for Langer at Augusta in 1985

Slight wardrobe malfunction for Langer at Augusta in 1985

Verizon Heritage

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.

A touch of tartan for double Verizon Heritage winner, Boo Weekley

A touch of tartan for double Verizon Heritage winner, Boo Weekley

Dunlop Phoenix

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.

A hair/jacket/expression combo to remember for Ian Poulter at the 2007 Dunlop Phoenix

A hair/jacket/expression combo to remember for Ian Poulter at the 2007 Dunlop Phoenix

Australian Masters

Rodney Pampling, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby and Adam Scott are among the Aussies to suffer the indignity of the fluorescent yellow jacket this decade.

Something to sit nicely beside the green one in Adam Scott's wardrobe

Something to sit nicely beside the green one in Adam Scott's wardrobe

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.

Tiger tells Arnie exactly how many of these navy blazers he now has

Tiger tells Arnie exactly how many of these navy blazers he now has

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.

Big Ernie on the podium with Cindy Crawford in 2003

Big Ernie on the podium with Cindy Crawford in 2003

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.

Damien McGrane sporting his new little party number in 2008

Damien McGrane sporting his new little party number in 2008

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.

Jim Furyk looking slightly self-conscious and thinking of the money in 2008

Jim Furyk looking slightly self-conscious and thinking of the money in 2008

FBR Open

Given the rowdiness of the fans at this Phoenix event, a plain black blazer seems slightly out-of-keeping.

Cornish Masters

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
Jeremy Ellwood

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 even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, 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 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

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