Thursday 22 February 2018

Here are the cool perks Rory McIlroy missed out on by not winning The Masters

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

After an inconsistent showing at this year's Masters, Rory McIlroy will have to wait at least another year to complete the career Grand Slam.

But while adding the only major championship missing from his golfing CV is obviously at the forefront of McIlroy's mind, by not winning the prestigious Augusta tournament this year he is also missing out on some great perks that are awarded to the Masters champion.

As with all things Augusta, the benefits afforded to the winner are extremely traditional and a bit stuffy... but they are still pretty damn cool.

First, there is the iconic green jacket, presented to the winner in the storied Butler Cabin by the previous year's champion. Yes, it is a gaudy but that is irrelevant given the history behind it.

The winner takes the Green Jacket home with them and they are allowed keep it for one year, after which it must be returned to the club. A winner still 'owns' the jacket and whenever they visit Augusta in the future they are allowed wear it, sort of like visiting a loved one at a maximum security prison.

The winner is also invited to host the Champions Dinner during the week of the subsequent Masters, and attend each one thereafter.

Every living Masters champion is invited and the menu is set by whoever won the last tournament. The menu this year was chosen by Jordan Spieth, and he opted for a Texas BBQ spread. After Nick Faldo's last Masters win in 1996 he opted for fish and chips and tomato soup.

Winning the Masters also gives you access to the exclusive Champions locker room, which is reserved for previous winners away from the rest of the participants. Every new champion is given a locker to share with a legend of the game - recent winner Jordan Spieth was paired with four-time winner Arnold Palmer.

And one last perk that champions can enjoy is playing the course outside of the tournament. Augusta National is probably the world's most exclusive golf club and even the world's top players can't just show up and play a round.

But champions have special privileges and both Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth have played 18 holes with their dads on the hallowed course.

Maybe next year Rory McIlroy will get the chance to bring his dad, Gerry, to Georgia.

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