Welcome to one of sport’s most exclusive events – the Masters Champions Dinner. It is part of Augusta folklore and sums up the tradition and history that sets this golf major apart from any other.
Every year on the Tuesday night before the eagerly-anticipated Masters, golf’s elite come together to celebrate the first major of the season over a spot of food and drink.
The defending champion selects the menu and serves as host for the secretive dinner. This year, it is the turn of Patrick Reed after winning the 2018 Masters in style.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the most daring menu choices from years gone by since its introduction in 1952…
Patrick Reed will be hosting the Masters Champions Dinner at Augusta on Tuesday night
When he was just a teen, Reed – also known as ‘Captain America’ – knew what he would select on his menu when his time came around.
‘I knew that back when I was 13,’ Reed, 28, said last month. ‘It was always bone-in rib-eye, mac and cheese, creamed corn, creamed spinach. I’m going to fatten those boys up a little bit.’
So there you have it, Reed has opted for an unhealthy option for the golf’s biggest stars. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there have been many more questionable choices down the years!
The traditional Champions Dinner is exclusive to past champions of the Masters
Bernhard Langer – 1986
The year after winning the first of his two green jackets, Langer returned with a bit of German culture. He became one of the first golfers to personalise and bring a bit of his country’s flavour to the table.
He opted for wiener schnitzel (breaded veal) and Black Forest cake – two popular foods in Germany.
Sandy Lyle – 1989
The Scotsman certainly made the most of his time in the spotlight. Following his only triumph at Augusta, Lyle decided to wear a kilt and served up Scottish speciality of Haggis.
After his bold choice, Lyle said: ‘That seemed to make quite a statement. The older guys, like [Jack] Nicklaus, had been to Scotland and knew what haggis was. But the newer ones, guys like Larry Mize, they weren’t too sure about that.’
Tiger Woods – 1998
Remember, Woods was only 22 years of age and still very young on the golfing circuit when he hosted his first Champions Dinner. Maybe that explains why he went for… let’s say a McDonald’s selection.
The 14-time major winner served cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes to the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead. And ahead of the 2019 Masters, Woods revealed that hosting his first dinner was ‘one of the most nervous moments of my life’.
Tiger Woods poses with Jack Nicklaus at the 2002 dinner while wearing their green jackets
Arnold Palmer laughs alongside former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson
Mike Weir – 2004
Weir is the only Canadian to ever win the Masters and he stuck true to his roots by serving up elk & wild boar to golf icons, alongside local beers.
For those feeling less adventurous, Weir also gave them the option of fried chicken and filet mignon.
Phil Mickelson – 2005
Perhaps the most sophisticated dish so far. ‘Lefty’ wanted to bring some class to the dinner table following his first Masters victory in 2004.
Although from America, Mickelson went for an Italian meal by dishing out lobster ravioli in a tomato cream sauce, as well as caesar salad and garlic bread.
Trevor Immelman – 2009
A proud South African, Immelman well and truly was inspired by his place of birth while hosting his very own Champions Dinner.
After winning his only major at the Masters in 2008, the Cape Town-born golfer fed Nicklaus, Woods and Co South African bobotie – a minced meat pie dish with egg topping. He also provided a variety of popular local wines.
Gay Brewer (left), Fuzzy Zoeller (centre) and Herman Keiser (right) chat back in 1997
Charl Schwartzel – 2012
After pipping Adam Scott to the prestigious green jacket, Schwartzel served up a treat by going full BBQ style at Augusta.
An opening course consisted of a seafood bar, including shrimp, lobster and oysters. For his main, the champions dined on ‘braai’ – a South African barbecue – which includes lamb chops, steaks, and South African sausages. Dessert of vanilla ice cream sundae.
Adam Scott – 2014
After missing out to Schwartzel in 2011, the Australian went all out when he had his chance to impress three years later at the dinner. Scott went surf-and-turf on the grill, dishing Moreton bay bugs from Australia to go alongside the strip steak.
He said they are actually insect-like lobsters. ‘I’m not going to serve up anything second rate tonight. I’ve got to go all-out to impress these guys.’ Whether it worked out, who knows. But it was certainly brave.
Two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer talks to Keiser at the 1987 Champions Dinner
Danny Willett – 2017
Willett went traditional – very traditional. After his sublime and dramatic victory at the 2016 Masters, the Englishman made the most of his opportunity by serving mini cottage pies as starters.
The Yorkshireman opted for Sunday roast as his main course (prime rib, roasted potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding). And for dessert, ample crumble and vanilla custard. He wasn’t done there though as he also dished out coffee and tea with English cheese and biscuits.
Sergio Garcia – 2018
The Spaniard toasted his unforgettable Masters triumph by treating his guests to an international salad as a starter – with ingredients chosen to represent the countries of past Masters champions. The main course was ‘arroz caldoso de bogavante’, a traditional Spanish lobster rice.
But where Garcia’s dinner stood out the most was his dessert. The 39-year-old served up ‘Angela Garcia’s tres leches cake’. The inspiration is in the name, with his wife providing the recipe.
Charl Schwartzel gets in some cooking practice before hosting the exclusive dinner in 2012