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John Daly celebrates his 48th birthday today, which gives us reason to look back at five of the worst fashion statements on the golf course in recent years. Can anyone hold a candle to golf's resident bad boy?
1. John Daly: It seems only fitting to start with the birthday boy himself. But with so many options to choose from, narrowing it down was a difficult decision. That said, these flower-power pants from the BMW Italian Open in 2009 might take the (birthday) cake.
2. Ian Poulter: There have been plenty of questionable looks in PGA and LPGA tournaments over the years, but few result in multiple formal complaints. Poulter's Union Jack-themed pants at the 2004 British Open drew ire from many British viewers who found the ensemble to be disrespectful. Undeterred by his critics, he wore a Union Jack sweater vest to the Open Championship in 2009.
3. Christina Kim: Known for her bold sense of style, Kim often finds herself receiving accolades for her outfits on the course. However, this patriotic look likely was lost on everyone except Poulter.
4. Bubba Watson: If golf fans didn't know Bubba Watson was a proud Southern man before the 2011 U.S. Open, they certainly did after seeing his camouflage-themed ensemble with star-spangled belt buckle at the event.
5. Billy Horschel: The justification for his inclusion on this list is best said in just two words: octopus pants. Yes, the golfer wore pants featuring the eight-armed sea creatures during the 2013 U.S. Open. He may not have won the tournament, but he certainly made a statement. Of some sort.
One of the most famous traditions at the Masters is the presentation of the green jacket to the champion. We have to wait until Sunday to find out who the proud new owner of the single-breasted, three-button blazer will be, but how exactly did this strange tradition begin? We're glad you asked.
The jacket dates back to 1937 when Augusta National decided it wanted its members to wear something identifiable during the Masters so patrons could easily recognize them as reliable sources of information. The tournament winner, however, was not awarded one until 1949 when Sam Snead was gifted the garment to signify his status as an honorary member of the club. All previous winners were then awarded a jacket retroactively.
While most details about the jacket are shrouded in secrecy, they have been made by Hamilton Tailoring Co. in Cincinnati since 1967. Each jacket costs an estimated $250 to make and requires about a month to produce. Masters champions are given an available jacket that best fits them during the ceremony but are fitted to their exact measurements later. Multiple winners are typically not awarded another jacket. Masters champions are allowed to take the jacket with them for a year but then are required to return them to the club. During the year, champions are allowed to wear them to "significant social and golfing events," but notable exceptions of these rules include Phil Mickelson sporting his at Krispy Kreme and Gary Player accidentally leaving his in South Africa.