What are the rules surrounding the green jacket and The Masters? Is the winner allowed to keep their jacket?
The Masters is unique among sporting events.
It’s main prize is not a trophy, but instead a green jacket – but it’s probably one of the most iconic prizes in sport.
Presented to the new champion by the outgoing one at the end of the tournament, the green jacket at The Masters actually has a series of rules connected to it which golfers must follow.
Are Masters winners allowed to keep their green jacket?
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The Masters green jacket rules
The Masters has been going since 1934, although the first green jacket was not awarded until 1949.
All previous winners were subsequently awarded theirs retrospectively.
The Hamilton Tailing Company makes the jackets, which features the logo on the breast and also the buttons.
Unfortunately, they’re not available for general sale, so if you want one, you better crack out the clubs and try and qualify for The Masters and win it…
One of the biggest rules about the green jacket at The Masters is that you can’t take it off the ground, except if you happen to be representing the event or Augusta National at an event.
The reigning champion is allowed to remove their green jacket for a year, but as soon as the incoming one puts it on, the outgoing champion’s green jacket stays exactly where it is.
When the jacket is presented to the winner, it is simply a stock green jacket, as it were.
The winner is sent for a fitting so their Masters green jacket fits appropriately.
The legend who broke the rule
Although each winner’s green jacket remains his, it stays at Augusta along with all the others.
Multiple winners can reuse the jacket from their first win if they claim success for a second or third or fourth or fifth or even a sixth time.
Memorably, Gary Player took his 1961 winning jacket back home to South Africa.
He promised to never wear it in public, but later sold it in 2003.
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