How Many Green Jackets Does Tiger Woods Have? A Glimpse Into His Masters History

Published 04/27/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 15th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers ever. Woods made his professional debut in 1996 and is still a part of the PGA Tour, carrying decades of experience under his belt. Besides the numerous accolades he has won, Tiger Woods always stands out for his heroics at The Masters tournament. So how many green jackets has he won? 

The Masters is the most prestigious tournament in golf. Avid fans of the sport would be well aware of the reverence it holds, and Woods is considered a Masters tournament legend. 

The Augusta National Golf Club has been hosting The Masters ever since its inception in 1934. Furthermore, the organizers began awarding the “green jacket” to the winners from 1949 and the tradition is still being followed. 


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Tiger Woods has donned the green jacket five different times at The Masters

The green jacket is the most respected tradition in golf. The defending champion of The Masters is tasked with putting on the green jacket on the winner every year. The champion gets to own it for a year, after which he has to return it to the Augusta National. 

So coming back to Tiger Woods, he has won five Masters tournaments in his career. The first one is always incredibly special, and Woods soared to his maiden victory at the Augusta National in 1997. 

This triumph made the whole world take notice of him, after which Woods won three Masters in a span of five years. Such was his dominance at Augusta during the early 2000s decade. He won it in 2001, 2002, and 2005. 

However, Woods’ most memorable victory at Augusta National came in 2019. It can also be regarded as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. The Stanford University alum secured his fifth Masters title and jumped to the second spot on the all-time list. 

Tiger Woods (five) sits right behind Jack Nicklaus (six) as the players with the most number of wins at Augusta National. But does that mean Woods currently has five Masters green jackets sitting in his closet? No, it does not work that way. 

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Woods technically does not have five green jackets

The Masters always presents the winners with the prestigious green jacket. But there also several guidelines that are bestowed upon a champion. If the same player wins the Masters again, he will not be provided with a new green jacket. 

Here’s an excerpt from The Masters’ media guide: “Typically, a multiple winner will have only one green jacket unless his size drastically changes.”

Unless Woods required a refitting to the green jacket he first won in 1997, he wouldn’t have been given a new one. 

Furthermore, Tiger Woods uttered the words “it fits,” after putting on the green jacket in 2019. It is certainly believed that it is the same jacket Woods won when he was 21 years old.


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ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 11: Tiger Woods of the United States stands on the 15th hole during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 11, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title when he was 43. It is absurd to think that the same measurements from 22 years ago would still fit, but the Augusta National will still display only a single green jacket under Woods’ name. 

That has always been the tradition. Woods won it in 2019, had his jacket for a year, then returned it to the Augusta National in 2020. 


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So no, Tiger Woods has not won “five green jackets” as it seems. But on another note, can the legendary golfer match Nicklaus’ record of six wins? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.