Masters champion Charl Schwartzel gave his pre-tournament press conference at the Memorial Tournament yesterday and let slip a quirk of his weekly travel arrangements. Apparently, he and the coveted green jacket have become nigh on inseparable since that roller-coaster Sunday in April:
“Q. You don’t get to take the green jacket home, right?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: I do. The first year.
Q. Did you wear it for a while at home or sleep in it or anything?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: I take it pretty much with me everywhere. If you get to keep it only for a year and then leave it, you’ve got to pretty much enjoy it. No point leaving it if you’re only going to see it every two months.
Q. Do you have it here?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Of course.
Q. So you plan on wearing it or just around the room?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: I’m not going to wear it just everywhere, but it’s nice to have a look at it.
Q. What’s the feeling when you see that thing hanging in your closet at your hotel or your rented house and every morning when you’re getting dressed you see that thing hanging there? Must be rewarding?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Well, I mean, just to know that you’re actually the only one that’s got it makes it — it’s a very good feeling.
Q. When is the last TOUR stop that you wore it out? Have you done it?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: Last week.
Q. Where did you wear it to?
CHARL SCHWARTZEL: It was the European awards dinners, and they actually asked me to wear it. It was a black tie event, and I’m dressed up in a green jacket. Most people thought I was a waiter. (Laughter.)”
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s slightly at odds with Charl’s personality, but there’s something hilariously endearing about the idea of him taking the jacket with him to every tournament, even if he’s just going to be looking at it hanging in the wardrobe.