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Why caddies wear white jumpsuits at the Masters

The pink of the azaleas, the yellow of the delicate jasmine and the green of the jacket worn by the winners.
Another color that spiced up the course during the four days was the white of the overalls worn by the caddies during the famous major.

But why do those employed to transport the clubs of the world’s best golfers wear those baggy white overalls – adorned with the Masters logo – around Augusta National?

Well, they weren’t always a thing.

After the tournament’s inception in 1934, caddies in the 1930s wore similar attire to the patrons who lined the holes.

According to the Master’s website, the idea of ​​a uniformed caddy first appeared in a letter sent in 1940 by Major co-founder Cliff Roberts.

And it was not until the late 1940s that white coveralls began to appear, but they differed greatly from those worn now.

While today’s caddies wear coveralls made from a lightweight blend of polyester and cotton, back then they were made from a heavy overall material, similar to those worn by painters.

Despite the change in materials, England’s Billy Foster, former caddy of former world number one Lee Westwood, admitted it wasn’t the most comfortable thing to wear.

“It can be quite uncomfortable and quite hot,” Foster told CNN in 2016. “It’s thicker than they look on TV, like a painter and decorator suit. I’d rather wear my own shorts , but that makes Augusta who she is, I guess.”

Each suit has a Velcro point to attach their player’s names and numbers.

Why caddies wear white jumpsuits at the Masters

Paired with the dark green hats, the caddies made distinctive figures on the Augusta golf course.

Even during Wednesday’s three-a-side match, the player’s family – be it wives, girlfriends, brothers, sisters or kids – can get their own personalized combinations as they go. his journey.

And while a winning player receives the green jacket for a prize, winning caddies can request that their suits be sent to them as a memento of the triumphant effort.

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