Channeling the green jacket


Rumor has it that a crew of 500-plus are working the live coverage of the 75th Masters Tournament.

To all those working on-site who are dedicated to delivering the year’s first major championship to all of us unable to be underneath the pine trees and tucked between the azaleas ... thank you.

As I sit at my desk at our Orlando Golf Channel studios eagerly awaiting live television coverage, I am reminded again at how awesome the technology is that’s available and utilized to the max to stream live golf of the Masters.

The weather looks perfect, the course immaculate, the invitees are delivering some spectacular golf and the patrons look to be having a smashing time. Now I’d say I was green with envy of those just footsteps away from a stroll down Magnolia Lane, but I was fortunate to get a taste of the $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches on Tuesday and Wednesday at the practice rounds and Par-3 Contest. Now, I’m watching televised coverage as the majority of golf fanatics are across the globe.

In early coverage Thursday, I’ve loved seeing young names mixed with major championship veterans on the first page of the leaderboard. In addition to the roars and excitement that I’ve been hearing, the other thing that has struck me are the number of invitees playing who are donning green.

Rickie Fowler is decked out in all Masters green in a shade that must be quite close to the actual hue of the distinguished green jacket. It’s on the other end of the spectrum from the neon shade one usually associates the 22-year-old with. That shade is actually being worn by Hunter Mahan today – a bright green Under Armour shirt and matching hat.

Never a shy dresser, Ian Poulter is rocking green garb. So are Ernie Els and Tiger Woods who are going with a green shirt only as a pop of color to complete their more conservative look. Els' shirt appears more of a blue-green or aqua, while Woods’ trademark Nike golf shirt is an understated light green.

Dustin Johnson scripted a similar look to Woods in the Adidas version, a light green shirt with what looks like starburst accents on the sides and the back, balanced by white pants, belt and shoes. And speaking of Johnson, the TaylorMade special order staff bags this week are turning heads with their Masters green accents.

Others are subscribing to green as an accent color to their Day 1 attire, including Rory McIlroy who’s Oakley sunglasses have Masters green arms that stand out as he wears them around the back of his hat. Martin Laird is wearing a green cap, and Bubba Watson, as reported last week, is wearing all-white Travis Matthew gear trimmed in Masters green.

Now I’m not so sure you can channel the green jacket by wearing green, but it certainly can’t hurt. And thanks to early Masters coverage we are able to get more than a good look at those who will be vying to complete their Masters outfit come Sunday.