A bit of trivia about the Masters Green Jacket

The early candidate for most interesting nugget from our boys down in Augusta was that Jack Nicklaus, for the longest time, never owned any of the green jackets he earned by winning six Masters.

The club never seemed to have a 43 regular on hand, but in 1965 they gave him the one owned by Thomas Dewey, who is best known for the unfortunate 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune headline "Dewey defeats Truman."

The idea that Nicklaus has a closet full of green jackets also is a misperception. Players who win the tournament get to keep their jackets for a year, but then must store them at Augusta and never wear them outside the club again (like anybody would want to). The only exception is Gary Player. He left his jacket back in South Africa after winning the 1961 Masters. It now is housed in a museum.

What those things lack in style, they more than make up for in prestige.


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