There are many great traditions at Augusta National but why do caddies wear white jumpsuits at the Masters? We take a look at a tradition that dates back to when the golf club first opened…
What do caddies usually wear?
At regular tournaments there are no restrictions on what caddies wear but they usually don shorts and a polo shirt – accompanied by a bib which has their player’s name written on the back and the tournament sponsor on the front.
Billy Foster, Matthew Fitzpatrick’s caddie, has been having some fun with his Sheffield United-supporting player as Foster is a fan of rivals Leeds United and has been seen wearing the club’s branded clothing at recent tournaments.
Foster won’t be able to do that this week as the club has a policy of caddies wearing green hats with the the Augusta National logo on.
Why do caddies wear white jumpsuits at the Masters?
The tradition of caddies wearing white jumpsuits at Augusta National dates back to when the course opened in 1933.
Augusta used to employ poor people from the local community and members insisted on providing them with a white suit to make them look smarter.
Until the 1970s all golfers were provided with a caddie from Augusta instead of their own personal one. This changed in 1983 but members still wanted the caddies to wear the suits to keep up with tradition.
What are the numbers on the suits?
The name of the caddie’s player is still on the back of the but you will also notice that there is a green number on the white suits.
This is the registration number given to the player when they register. However, number one is saved for the defending champion, much to the amusement of Eddie Pepperell.
I’m not a believer in fate, and I’m reluctant to say that things ‘are meant to be,’ but this week, you know, it might just be. I was the 68th player to register this morning, but as they give last years winner number 1, that means I’m player number 69. ?
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) 9 April 2019