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For a reason, the green jacket is given to the victor of The Masters. It turns out that the idea behind the blazer’s color and design dates back centuries.
After what is expected to be another exciting Sunday at Augusta National, the winner of The Masters will be announced.
Every viable professional golfer vying for the green jacket — and I mean EVERYONE.But why is it a shade of green? Perhaps you’ve never given it a second thought.
Of course, it’s a fascinating color choice. The golf legends, it turns out, had a reason for this.
The Masters chose a green jacket for a reason
According to Golf Monthly, the green jackets were first worn in 1937.
“The Masters Green Jacket was first introduced in 1937. The idea was that Augusta National(opens in new tab) members would wear these jackets during the tournament to make them stand out to members of the public needing guidance or assistance. It was an idea borrowed from Royal Liverpool in England when a visiting Bobby Jones attended a dinner. At this dinner there was a collection of club captains who were all wearing matching jackets to denote their position.”
They certainly stood out—or blended in, given how similar the jackets are to the Augusta greens.
Are there any additional jackets given out on the PGA Tour?
Despite the fact that The Masters’ green jacket was the first of its kind, several events have since emulated it, and it’s easy to see why.
Which PGA Tour tournaments award jackets?
- RBC Heritage: At Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the winner gets a plaid jacket.
- Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial: At Colonial Country Club, the winner gets a plaid jacket.
- The Memorial Tournament: Winners don’t get a jacket, but grey jackets are used to identify members of the host club.
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Since the passing of Arnold Palmer, winners have received a red cardigan, similar to that which Palmer wore with regularity.
There is no tournament that can compare to The Masters, but you can’t blame them for attempting it.