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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 188
RULES ARE RULES: THERE’S a cedar cupboard on the lower floor of Augusta National’s clubhouse, to which all green jackets are to be returned at tournament’s end. That mandate wasn’t always in place, however, and a number of older jackets have found their way into auction houses, fetching anywhere from around $10,000 to the more than $700,000 that the green jacket belonging to inaugural Masters winner Horton Smith achieved. A select few jackets have been secreted away from the club, including Gary Player’s from his first Masters title in 1961, which he whisked back to South Africa and then produced an endless stream of excuses for not returning it. The late Seve Ballesteros also flouted the club’s directive by taking one of his two green jackets and adding it to his trophy room at home. A FITTING ISSUE: IT’S a romantic notion to think that the jacket presented to the winner after their victory is the garment that will be theirs for life. But it’s actually the property of one of the club’s regular members who just happens to look like they might share similar measurements. A member will loan out their jacket for the ceremony, with the winner to be fitted for their own tailor-made jacket in the weeks afterwards. E
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