When Is Jon Rahm Allowed To Wear His Green Jacket?

It's often said/rammed down our throats that the Masters is 'a tradition unlike any other'. One of those is what a Masters champion can do with his Green Jacket.

Back in 1989 Sir Nick Faldo infuriated the Men of the Masters when he went on Terry Wogan's chat show and allowed the host to try on the Green Jacket, something that was very much frowned upon by the Augusta members.

Now, on the Subpar Podcast, our latest champion Jon Rahm has given us a bit more insight into the dos and don'ts of what to do with the game's greatest prize (after the Claret Jug).

“I don’t know all the rules but there’s a dress code that comes with it,” Rahm told the podcast. “You learn about this quickly when you have to sign documents and things about what you are doing. Obviously, we all know the rules around Augusta National, right? And they tell you, you are representing Augusta National and the jacket is Augusta National," the Spaniard explained.

“The least you can wear is golf attire, that’s the worst dress code you can have, so no jeans, no shorts.”

And, like Faldo in 1989, every public appearance with golf's favourite fashion accessory needs the approval of those at Augusta.

“It’s complicated. You can’t have a public appearance. Not you, the jacket can’t make a public appearance without them knowing. They don’t like to be surprised so they need to give approval for everything. I can’t be photographed with the jacket and having alcohol. It just goes on and on.”

The Green Jacket has been part of the tapestry of Augusta since 1937, the first Masters took place in 1934, when the club asked the Brooks Uniform Company of New York to produce blazers for its members. Part of the idea was that they would be visible to inquiring spectators (or patrons).

Twelve years later Sam Snead became the first winner to be awarded his own jacket and part of that tradition, unlike any other, means that the previous year's winner always slips the new champion into the jacket in the Butler's Cabin.