The Masters Tournament, always scheduled for the first full week in April, is the first of four major championships in professional golf. Unique to the other major golf championships, the Masters Tournament is played at the same location annually. Augusta National golf club, a private golf club in the city of Augusta, Georgia has been the official home of the Masters Championship since the tournament was first played in 1934. Horton Smith went on to win that first Masters Tournament, although he didn’t receive the now customary green jacket champions receive present day. The Masters green jacket was not awarded until 1949 when Sam Snead won his first of three Masters Titles.
The green sport coat is the official attire worn by members of Augusta National while on the club grounds. Each Masters winner becomes an honorary member of the club, receiving their green jacket to keep and wear the first year. After one year, the green jacket is then returned to Augusta National club to be kept. The player then wears the green jacket each time he returns to Augusta. The winner of the green jacket has it presented to him inside the Butler Cabin immediately after the end of the tournament, and the presentation is then repeated outside near the 18th green in front of the spectators.
The Masters Tournament has been played each year consecutively since 1934. The only exception to this is 1943-1945 when the tournament was cancelled due to World War II. Jack Nicklaus holds the most Masters wins with 6. Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have both won the Masters Tournament title 4 times. Jimmy Demaret, Gary Player, Sam Snead, Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson all have three titles to their name. Tiger Woods is the youngest winner of the Masters. He was 21 years, 104 days old when he won in 1997. Jack Nicklaus was 46 years, 82 days old when he won in 1986, making him the oldest golfer to win the Masters. The 2010 winner of The Masters Tournament was Phil Mickelson. Sunday April 10, 2011 should see the next proud winner of a piece of historic golf memorabilia, his very own Augusta National Club Honorary Member green jacket. Oh yea, a purse of over $1.3 million for the winner doesn’t sound half bad either!