“I probably would just take (the jacket) around a little more and allow more people to see it. I mean, it's such a cherished piece of sport. It's up there with Olympic Gold Medal, the Stanley Cup, and the World Cup in soccer…things that just not many people ever get to come close to,” he said.
On Sunday the 13th April 2008 Immelman walked off the 16th at Augusta after making a double-bogey five, but hung tough for a three shot victory over Tiger Woods. The Masters has been a special week for the South African ever since that day, and his family is a big part of it.
“My little guy has been doing this since he was, man, one and a half or two,” said Immelman. He loves it and they look forward to it all the time. They just love this week. I mean, this week, especially since I've won. It's special anyway, but especially since I won here, it's been a very, very special week for our family.”
Six years ago it was the most special and Immelman went on to travel East with his unique jacket in tow. The tradition that surrounds the year’s first major is intense and caring for the jacket was paramount.
“You know, I’ve got to be honest, I think the guys in the last few years have done a little more with (the jacket), and I think it's being received real well. I wasn't too adventurous. I think if I had the opportunity again I would probably be a little more adventurous with it and allow more people to see it and touch it and what have you,” he said.
Unlike the 2008 champ, Charl Schwartzel once left his green jacket in the back of car and there were a few gut-wrenching moments before it was returned.
“When the guys had functions, you know, I would rather wear the green jacket than a suit. It went down a lot better. I left it in the car once and the car drove off. Luckily the guy was honest enough to bring it back,” he joked.