AUGUSTA, Ga. — For years, TaylorMade has designed special golf bags that the company's staff players were given on the eve of each of the four major championships. Lots of companies do that, but these are especially unique because of the symbols embroidered on them. The numbers, images and detailed designs all have meaning. You can see a collection of past logos on the TaylorMade's Facebook page.
The theme of this year's Masters bag is "Season Open," and many of the symbols revolved around the year 1960. In case you don't have "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown on speed dial, here's what the symbols mean:
The 3 on the yellow flag at the top commemorates the traditional par-3 contest held on Wednesday. The tradition started in 1960, so this year marks its 50th anniversary.
The crown in the center of the logo represents Arnold Palmer. Known as The King, Palmer won the 1960 Masters. It was his second Masters title and earned him $17,500.
The 13 near the top of the logo is positioned on the Crow's Nest, where amateurs who are playing in the Masters are invited to stay. Jack Nicklaus, the U.S. Amateur champion in 1960, stayed there during the 1960 Masters and finished 13th.
The bald eagle with five stars just above his tail is in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five-star general who became America's 34th president. Eisenhower, a long-time member of Augusta National Golf Club, campaigned to have a massive loblolly pine on the left side of the 17th fairway removed in 1956 because he hit it so often. His request was denied and his name has been associated with the tree ever since. See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC. Related: Follow David Dusek on Twitter