The Masters Championship kicks off in just over a week. But for the first time in its history the fairways will not be lined by spectators.
Such is the new Covid-19 world we find ourselves in!
Having been postponed in April, players will start the final major of the year on the 12th November 2020. The weather will no doubt be colder and wetter, as Georgia heads into winter, but the golf should be just as exciting!
One tradition though will not change, and that is the Masters Champions Dinner.
Every year past Masters champions sit done for a 3-course meal chosen by the reigning champion. The dinner is usually scheduled for the Tuesday before the tournament, and this year is no exception.
The 2019 Champion, Tiger Woods, will be choosing the menu for the 5th time in his career, and unsurprisingly he’s picked some of his past favourite dishes to delight his fellow Masters Champions. These include sushi and sashimi to start, steak and chicken fajitas for mains, and strawberry and vanilla milkshakes for dessert.
It’s a fun menu for sure, but over the years they have been some even more interesting and playful choices.
Here are 7 of our favourite Masters Champion Dinner menus.
Masters Champion Dinner Menus (Our Top Picks)
1. Charl Schwartzel 2012 Dinner
After a sensational Masters win in 2011, the South African Charl Schwartzel, had the honour of picking the 2012 Masters Champions menu.
And he didn’t disappoint.
He chose some of his country’s favourite dishes including biltong sticks and a traditional South African ‘braai’ (BBQ) that included lamb chops, steak and sausages. To start he went with a chilled seafood bar and finished the meal off with vanilla sundaes!
2. Vijay Singh 2001 Dinner
The Fijian, Vijay Singh, won the Masters in 2000, and like Schwartzel, he decided to share traditional dishes from his country with his golfing compatriots at the Masters Champion Dinner in 2001.
His menu included seafood coconut soup, Panang curry rack of lamb (yum!) and lychee sorbet.
3. Tiger Woods 1998 Dinner
Following one of the most amazing major performances in the history of golf – one that saw Tiger win the Masters by 12 strokes in 1997 – the then 22-year old selected his menu for the 1998 Champions Dinner.
It started with classic American favourites, including cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and french fries, and ended with the same dessert he will be serving up this year, strawberry and vanilla milkshakes.
4. Danny Willet 2017 Dinner
The Englishman, Danny Willet, won the masters in 2016 after a close race with fellow countryman Lee Westwood and the American, Jordan Spieth.
In 2017, Willet, brought a piece of Yorkshire back with him to the 2017 Champions Dinner.
On his menu he started the meal off with mini cottage pies, followed by traditional Sunday roast (including Yorkshire pudding), and finished with apple crumble and custard.
5. Sergio Garcia 2018 Dinner
Having come so close to winning a major championship over the previous decade, it was with great relief when Sergio eventually won his first major in 2017.
And to make it all the better, it was the Masters!
In 2018 he returned to Augusta with a menu for the Masters Champions Dinner that only a Spaniard could design.
It included a traditional Spanish lobster and rice dish called arroz caldoso de bogavante and his mother’s tresleches cake – sponge cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream.
6. Bubba Watson 2013 Dinner
The colourful left-handed Bubba Watson had an emotional Masters win in 2012.
In 2013 he went for a safe but tasty menu for the Champions dinner that included Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast with corn and mashed potatoes and confetti cake for dessert.
Nick Faldo (a 3-time Masters champion) mocked his choice on Twitter, calling it a Happy Meal.
Unperturbed by Faldo’s gibes, when Watson won the Masters again in 2014, he brought back the same menu at the 2015 dinner.
7. Phil Mickelson 2011 Dinner
Sticking with the lefties, the great Phil Mickelson pulled off a sensational 3rd Masters victory in 2010, and in 2011 decided to honour the equally great Seve Ballesteros who was sadly losing his battle with cancer, by having Spanish seafood paella at the Champions dinner.
He also had machango-topped filet mignon, tortillas and Spanish apple pie. Ballesteros was unfortunately too sick to attend the dinner and died shortly afterwards, but I’m sure Mickelson’s gesture brightened up the Spaniards final days.
And that’s it for our top picks of Masters Champion Dinners. It hopefully provides a little insight into the characters behind some of the greatest golfers in the world.