When the Augusta co-founder Bobby Jones visited Royal Liverpool in 1937 he noticed that the past captains all wore red blazers when sitting for dinner. He adapted the idea for Augusta National members and Masters Champions.
Bobby Jones presented the idea to the Augusta National Golf Club’s Chairman Clifford Roberts who decided to introduce the Green Jacket as a way to distinguish members of the club during tournament week.
In 1949 it was decided to award the Masters winner with a Green Jacket as well. The winner that year was Sam Snead.
The champion can take the Green Jacket home but must return it to the clubhouse one year after his victory. Although it remains his personal property it is stored with all the other champions' jackets in a specially designated cloakroom.
The Green Jacket is reserved for Augusta National members and golfers who win the Masters.
Tradition dictates that the defending champion help the new winner into his Green Jacket at the presentation ceremony held after the final round.
The Green Jackets are worn to the Champions Dinner which is held on the Tuesday before each tournament. Invited guests are past champions and certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club.
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