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Masters Champions Dinner: From Tiger Woods’ cheeseburgers and milkshakes to Nick Faldo’s fish and chips and Sandy Lyle’s haggis – a look at the different menus as players wait for Hideki Matsuyama to choose


The 2022 Masters is upon us this week and with it all the tradition and pageantry of one of golf’s greatest events.

From the first finish on Magnolia Lane to Wednesday’s Par 3 contest, Masters week is steeped in history.

The Champions Dinner is a much-loved Masters tradition
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Prior to his debut, the defending champion takes on a host role, while past winners are often seen in their green jackets around the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club.

The current trophy holder, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, also hosts a special event on the Tuesday night before the action really begins: the annual Dinner of Champions.

Top golfers sit at the clubhouse for a meal on the eve of the tournament, with the previous years’ champion deciding the bids.

Dustin Johnson won the Masters in 2020 and was in charge of hospitality last year. He chose solidly American staples for his meal, including filet mignon with mashed potatoes and peach cobbler for dessert.

Before that, Englishman Danny Willett made a traditional Sunday roast in 2017 while Spaniard Sergio Garcia made an arroz caldoso de bogavante, a traditional Spanish lobster rice dish, in 2018.

Matsuyama will be tweaking his menu for this week’s Champions Dinner and he might just call on some delicacies from his home country of Japan.

But what have other past winners chosen to serve their peers? Here are some of the talkSPORT.com favourites…

Masters Champions Dinner: From Tiger Woods' cheeseburgers and milkshakes to Nick Faldo's fish and chips and Sandy Lyle's haggis - a look at the different menus as players wait for Hideki Matsuyama to choose
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Patrick Roseau, 2019

It was all about Texas boy Reed’s Americana after his Masters victory in 2018.

He opted for a cowboy ribeye with all the trimmings, including macaroni and cheese, creamed corn and creamed spinach.

Reed, clearly a man with a sweet tooth, also has a slew of desserts with tiramisu, vanilla bean creme brulee, chocolate crunch and praline cheesecake all on the menu.

Adam Scott, 2014

After winning the play-offs the year before, Scott from Adelaide brought a touch of Australia to Augusta.

A surf and turf grill was the starter and featured Moreton Bay ‘insects’ while Australian Wagyu beef was next.

Desserts included Anzac biscuits, a sweet, oatmeal treat that is traditional on Remembrance Day in Australia.

Charl Schwartzel, 2012

Schwartzel picked up a stunning victory in 2011 and made sure to celebrate South Africa for their dinner.

The delicious-sounding menu included a seafood bar with lobster and oysters and ‘braai’, a South African barbecue, with lamb chops, steaks and sausages.

Schwartzel kept it simple with afters, serving a vanilla ice cream sundae.


Masters Champions Dinner: From Tiger Woods' cheeseburgers and milkshakes to Nick Faldo's fish and chips and Sandy Lyle's haggis - a look at the different menus as players wait for Hideki Matsuyama to choose
Schwartzel went for a South African barbecue during his Masters dinner
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Phil Mickelson, 2011

Mickelson has three Masters titles to his name and his trio of Champions dinners couldn’t be more different.

He opted for lobster ravioli and garlic bread in 2005 and barbecued ribs with coleslaw in 2007.

But his 2011 menu was special.

To honor the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who was unable to attend due to a brain tumor and sadly passed away shortly thereafter, Mickelson hosted a Spanish feast.

It included seafood paella, filet mignon topped with machango, and tortillas on the side with apple empanadas topped with ice cream for the pudding.

Mike Weir, 2004

Often an American affair, the Canadian Weir won the Masters in 2003 and had to toast north of the border during his dinner.

Elk, wild boar, arctic char (fish) and Canadian beer were all on the menu as Weir brought maple leaf traditions to Georgia.

Weir remains the only major Canadian winner.

Masters Champions Dinner: From Tiger Woods' cheeseburgers and milkshakes to Nick Faldo's fish and chips and Sandy Lyle's haggis - a look at the different menus as players wait for Hideki Matsuyama to choose
Singh celebrated Fiji at his masters dinner
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Vijay Singh, 2001

Singh is a highly regarded former champion and ‘The Big Fijian’ could only go one way for his menu.

Showcasing the South Pacific, he put on seafood tom kha kai, panang chicken curry and baked sea scallops with garlic sauce.

Rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce and baked sea bass fillet with chilli sauce were also on offer.

Tiger Woods, 1998

Woods won his first Masters title aged just 21 and his first Dinner of Champions was certainly a reflection of his tender years.

The year after his incredible 12-stroke victory, Woods bet on cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and milkshakes.

Since then, Woods has branched out and served quesadillas, fajitas, porterhouse steaks, and sushi.

Masters Champions Dinner: From Tiger Woods' cheeseburgers and milkshakes to Nick Faldo's fish and chips and Sandy Lyle's haggis - a look at the different menus as players wait for Hideki Matsuyama to choose
Faldo went for fish and chips at his master dinner
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Nick Faldo, 1997

Before Willet and his roast in 2017, Faldo was the last English winner.

He celebrated his third Green Jacket in typical British fashion, serving tomato soup followed by fish and chips.

We’re guessing the Spotted Cock and Custard were for the afters, but that’s unconfirmed…

Sandy Lyle, 1989

As the only Scottish Masters champion, Lyle had to bring a touch of the Highlands to the United States after his victory in 1988.

The tall Scot kept things simple, choosing haggis with neeps and tatties for his menu.

Hopefully it was accompanied by a drop of the finest scotch too!

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