Today is a little different for Sunday’s Statements. Thanks to my friends, Mike Hadgis, I am featuring the green Master’s jacket as my Sunday Statement because the jacket is made in Cincinnati. For the last three decades, Hamilton-Tailoring Co has made this traditional green blazer worn by the Masters winner.
Behind the green jacket
- It’s the classic three-button style, single-breasted and center-vented.
- Made of tropical-weight wool (about 2 ½ yards per jacket) from Forstmann Co. mill in Dublin, Ga.
- That brilliant rye green: Pantone 342.
- Estimated cost to make: $250. (Although no club spokesperson will confirm this publicly.)
- Made exclusively since 1967 by Hamilton Tailoring Co. of Cincinnati.
- Logo-stamped brass buttons made by Waterbury Button Co. of Cheshire, CT. Breast-pocket patch made by A&B Emblem Co. in Weaverville, N.C.
- The owner’s name is stitched on a label inside.
- The winner doesn’t keep the presentation jacket he wears on Sunday – he’s later given a custom-made version to keep.
- Tournament officials watch as leaders emerge in the final round and try to have a few appropriate sizes on hand.
- Sometimes they guess wrong. Jack Nicklaus was given a ridiculously big 46-long in 1963, which he said “looked like an overcoat.” When Nicklaus came back a year later, the club still had not made a jacket that fit, so he borrowed one from former N.Y. governor Tom Dewey, a club member. Nicklaus eventually ordered one himself from Hart, Schaffner and Marx in 1972.
- After a year, the winner must bring the jacket back to Augusta National and never wear it outside the club again. But there have been exceptions. Gary Player got into a heated exchange in 1961 with Cliff Roberts after he mistakenly left his jacket in South Africa.
- Sam Snead was the first Masters champion to get a green jacket, in 1949, to make him an honorary member. It was then awarded to all past champions retroactively.
- The original purpose of the green jacket, as envisioned by Cliff Roberts, was to identify club members as “reliable sources of information” to visiting non-members – and to let waiters know who got the check at dinner.
- Traditionally, last year’s winner presents the jacket to the new champion at the tournament’s end.