Green Jacket History

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receiving the green jacket from Angel Cabrera, the 2009 champ. Mickelson tied Jimmy Demaret, Nick Faldo, Sam Snead and Gary Player with his third Masters win. Only Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer (four apiece) and Jack Nicklaus (six) have more.
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Sam Snead, second from left, was the first Masters champion to be awarded the green jacket after winning in 1949, a gesture by the club to make the winner an honorary member. Also pictured, from left, are Lloyd Mangrum, Bobby Jones and Johnny Bulla.Note: For more green jacket trivia, see this article by the Associated Press.
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The current Masters champion is the only person allowed to take the green jacket off club property, and 2003 winner Mike Weir made sure his grandfather had a chance to try it on. "We had some pictures made before he passed away," Weir said. "That was pretty cool."
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Gary Player won his first Masters in 1961, left, and received his green jacket from the 1960 champion, Arnold Palmer. The tables were turned in 1962, when Palmer won and Player presented. That year, Player went home to South Africa with his jacket, the only one that was never returned. "I assumed it was mine," Player said. "I got a call from Clifford Roberts and he said, 'Gary, I believe you've taken the Masters jacket home. You're not supposed to do that.' And I said, 'Mr. Roberts, if you want it, you better come and fetch it.' He appreciated the humor and told me I must never wear it around. It's in a plastic bag in my closet."
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Jack Nicklaus with Bernhard Langer after the 1986 Masters. Nicklaus won at Augusta six times, but he didn't have his own green jacket until 1998. The club usually finds a jacket that will fit the champion for the ceremony, then makes him one of his own. But something fell through the cracks, and each year Nicklaus wound up borrowing a green jacket for the Champions Dinner.
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Tiger Woods with Nick Faldo in 1997. Woods was given a 44 long, which felt big enough to be a blanket. "I remember the guys who have won, they've always said the jacket shrinks over the years," Woods said. "I don't know if it actually shrinks. Guys just might fill out a little bit more. So, yeah, my jacket is a just a touch big."
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Trevor Immelman, who won in 2008, was playing that year in Asia when he landed in Japan. He carried the green jacket in a suit bag, but it wasn't long before some golf fans recognized him and realized what was in the bag. He said they began to cry.