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).