Tuesday’s Champions Dinner at the Masters is golf’s most exclusive gathering. Debuted in 1952 by Ben Hogan, it is hosted annually by the defending champion who has the honor of setting the menu and also graciously picks up the bill.
Over the years, it’s become standard procedure to serve a favorite delicacy from the winner’s homeland. Past champions have selected everything from wiener schnitzel (Bernhard Langer, 1986) to haggis, a Scottish specialty made of minced sheep organs (Sandy Lyle 1989) to chicken panang curry (Vijay Singh in 2001) and Moreton Bay Bugs (lobster) from Australia (Adam Scott 2014). Even Jordan Spieth, in 2016, went with Texas barbecue.
–@bubbawatson you had a year to decide on, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni & cheese!!! #HappyMeal #PlayLikeaChampion
— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) April 10, 2013
In 1998, at his first of five dinners, Tiger Woods served cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. More recently, he’s gone a little more upscale with a sushi appetizer and chicken and steak fajitas. At long last, Scottie Scheffler announced his menu to be served on April 4, and he didn’t disappoint.
Served in Honor of Mr. Scottie Scheffler. #themasters pic.twitter.com/AbpHBJ4MgN
— The Masters (@TheMasters) March 15, 2023
We asked more than two dozen players what they’d serve if they won the Masters and got to host the Champions Dinner as well as a handful of past champions what they’d do if they got to host it again.