All golf fans who have followed The Masters throughout the years will be well aware of the tournament’s great traditions; the things that make The Masters special and the things that make it stand out from any other golf tournament.
One of those traditions is the Champion’s Dinner, which has been an annual event at Augusta since 1952. Ben Hogan suggested the idea and hosted the first ever Champion’s Dinner and since then the defending champion has had the right to decide the menu at what is officially known as the Masters Club; a gathering of past champions on the Tuesday before every Masters.
As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” so it is hardly surprising that the menu at the Champion’s Dinner has varied somewhat from year to year. Thankfully if the reigning champion’s taste doesn’t suit the palate of the others in the room, there is always the option of ordering from Augusta National’s regular menu…good news for picky eaters!
Last night it was Bubba Watson’s turn to serve up a tasty treat for some of the game’s greatest players, both past and present. As we all know Bubba is a bit of a free spirit; the PGA Tour’s class clown if you will; unorthodox both on and off the course and frankly a breath of fresh air in the golfing world. So what did Bubba choose to serve at last night’s Masters Club?
Well…courtesy of Sir Nick Faldo, who tweeted the menu straight after the meal, we can tell you Bubba chose a menu of mashed potato, grilled chicken, corn and Mac & cheese. We were hoping Bubba would be a bit more Bubba-ish and go with something a bit more experimental like pizza topped with ice cream and Oreos with a side of deep fried salad but I guess it isn’t too surprising to learn of a down to earth meal for a down to earth guy.
After learning of Bubba’s Championis Dinner menu we wondered what past Masters Champions served for their Champion’s Dinners?
As you might imagine there have been quite a few patriotic selections over the years. Sandy Lyle chose Haggis with mashed potatoes and turnips in 1989; Jose Maria Olazabal went for Paella and Tapas in 1995 and more recently Mike Weir served up Elk, Wild Boar, Arctic Char and Canadian beer.
Perhaps the most bizarre meal choice for such an occasion as the Champions Dinner was Tiger’s choice in 1998. Cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries and milkshakes don’t really scream Augusta National but then again he was only a young nipper at the time!
So what’s the best Champion’s Dinner to have been served at Augusta? Well that’s a matter of taste but as a bit of a carnivore I quite like the sound of Angel Cabrera’s Argentine asado…a flame grilled barbeque of sorts with chorizo, blood sausage, short ribs and the best beef filets the world has to offer all the way from Argentina itself.
What would you serve at the Champion’s Dinner if you were to win The Masters? Let us know in the comments section below…
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