Jason Day confirms he was “Asked” to remove his Malbon vest by Augusta National

Peter Finnan

Jason Day of Australia plays a stroke from the No. 15 tee during the continuation of the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Friday, April 12, 2024.

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It’s been a tough week on the catwalk for Jason Day. On day one of the Masters his baggy Malbon trousers went viral as they were flapping about in the gusting winds at Augusta National.

It prompted his apparel sponsor to tweet: “Looks like that time for folks to get mad over clothes again.”

Day was once again trend setting on day two at Augusta as he returned to the course to finish the final four holes of his opening round sporting a Malbon ‘Championship vest’ with No.313 and the words ‘Malbon Golf Championship’ in huge print across the chest.
When the Ozzie re-appeared to start his second round there was no sign of the vest and Day has revealed he was asked to remove a garish sweater by Augusta National officials before starting his second round.

“They asked me to take it off,” said Day upon completion of his third round. “Respectfully, you do that because it’s all about the tournament here, and I understand that. I respect the tournament. That’s what we’re here to do is try and play and win the Green Jacket. They said: ‘Can you take it off?’ I said: ‘Yeah, no worries.’

“It came from Augusta National. I don’t know if it was a Green Jacket. I don’t know who it was. They asked and I respectfully took it off.”

Day insisted he was not trying to make any point with the vest. “I wasn’t trying to do anything,” he added. “They [Malbon] just scripted me in it, and I was wearing it. They send you the scripting and say, this is what we want you to wear Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and I’m like, OK.”

In a very bizarre post round media interview Day was also quizzed on his wearing of baggy trousers. “Tiger had baggier stuff on in the early 2000s,” said Day. “He did pretty good. I think it’s fine.”

For those not familiar, Malbon offers a mixture of subtle golf gear along with some more loud and ‘out there’ gear and the vest they had Day tog out in on Day two absolutely fits into the latter.

We have no idea what 313 actually means, although it could be to do with the ‘Connect 313’ Fund, which is a PGA Tour “Changing the Course” initiative created to “ensure every Detroit native has access to the internet and technology within a ten-minute walk of their home”. Malbon has been involved with this campaign before.

Established by “culture and golf enthusiasts” Stephen and Erica Malbon back in 2017, the LA-based company has continued to gain popularity due to what they call “its unmistakable branding and playful curation.”

Malbon says its ultimate aim is simple – “to inspire today’s youth to participate in the greatest game on earth.”

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