AUGUSTA, Ga. – Late Sunday afternoon, on the putting green just past Augusta’s 18th green, Bubba Watson will perpetuate one of the great traditions in sports when he slips Augusta National’s fabled green jacket onto the shoulders of the 2013 Masters winner. It’s a fine piece of clothing, this green jacket, and you can’t have one any more than you can have a Super Bowl ring or the Stanley Cup trophy. But where did the jacket come from? What are its legends? And is there a way you actually could get your hands on one? Read on:
Where did the green jacket come from?
The single-breasted, brass-buttoned jacket dates to 1937, when Augusta National purchased the jackets in bulk from the Brooks Uniform Company in New York City. The idea was to give club members an easily-identifiable visual style during the tournament.
How are current jackets made?
Hamilton Tailoring Co. has made the jackets for the last 40 years. Each jacket takes about a month to produce and uses about 2 ½ yards of cloth.