The Masters Ceremony: How Do They Get The Right Green Jacket Size?

The Masters Champions come in all shapes, so how do they get the right Green Jacket size?

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The Masters Ceremony: How Do They Get The Right Green Jacket Size?

From Gary Player at just 5ft 6" to 1969 winner George Archer at 6ft 5", the Masters Champions come in all shapes and sizes, so during The Masters (opens in new tab) ceremony, how do they get the right Green Jacket size? Every year a Green Jacket is presented to the Masters winner in the immediate aftermath of their victory. It happens during a presentation ceremony in Butler Cabin (opens in new tab), where the previous year’s winner helps the new champion into their jacket.

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But before the winner slips into their highly coveted prize, it must first be located. That search begins early on the Sunday, with Augusta National (opens in new tab) members with roughly the same height and build as the leading players sought out. With the best matches found, it's then just a case of waiting to see who wins. The correct Green Jacket size is then borrowed from the member for the ceremony and proceeding photos and interviews, with the Champion then measured up for their own tailored version in the coming weeks.

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Sam Snead with the first Green Jacket, awarded in 1949

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But why do Augusta National members wear the jackets in the first place? Well this is what the 2022 Masters Media Guide said of this question;

"The Augusta National member’s green coat began in 1937. Jackets were purchased from the Brooks Uniform Company, New York City. Members were urged to buy and wear a Jacket during the Masters Tournament so patrons would be able to identify a reliable source of information. Members were not initially enthusiastic about wearing the warm, green coat. Within several years, a lightweight, made-to- order Jacket was available from the Club’s Golf Shop. In 1949, the first Green Jacket was awarded to that year’s Masters champion, Sam Snead. The single breasted, single vent Jacket’s color is “Masters Green” and is adorned with an Augusta National Golf Club logo on the left chest pocket. The logo also appears on the brass buttons.

"Traditionally, the champion takes his Jacket home with him for one year, returning it to the Club when he returns for the Tournament. The Jacket is then stored at Augusta National Golf Club and is available whenever the champion visits. Near the conclusion of the Masters, several Jackets are selected which could fit the possible winner during the presentation ceremony. The winner will have his measurements taken at the Club’s Golf Shop or may provide measurements so that a custom made Green Jacket can be tailored. Typically, a multiple winner will have only one Green Jacket unless his size drastically changes."

The Masters champion can keep their jacket for a year, and then it must be returned to Augusta National where it remains. It can then only be worn when they are on site at the golf club in Georgia.

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