Dinner for fore! Menus of Masters champions

NEED TO KNOW
  • The Champions Dinner is held on Tuesday night of Masters week
  • Previous year's winner picks the menu
  • International winners have made some interesting choices
Bubba

Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson is an interesting guy. Besides authoring one of the greatest shots in major championship history, he grew up in a town called Bagdad, owns the General Lee, drives a hovercraft golf cart and makes parody music videos with several of his fellow golfers.

But when it came time for Watson to fulfill one of his duties as champion -- selecting the menu for the annual Champions Dinner -- he went low-key: Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast with green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread, with cake and ice cream for dessert.

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Past champions have been a bit more adventurous. Here's a sampling.

Charl Schwartzel: The South African won the Masters in 2011 and made last year's dinner memorable with a chilled seafood bar, followed by "braai," a South African barbecue of lamb chops, steaks and sausages.

Phil Mickelson: At the 2011 dinner, Mickelson's third as champion, he went for a Spanish theme: seafood paella and machango-topped filet mignon, with ice cream-topped apple empanadas for dessert. In 2007, Mickelson served barbecued ribs, chicken and pulled pork, and his first Champions Dinner in 2005 featured lobster ravioli.

Angel Cabrera: The 2009 Masters champ threw a barbecue from his native Argentina, with chorizo, blood sausage, short ribs, beef filets and sweetbreads.

Mike Weir: The first lefty to win at Augusta and the first Canadian golfer to win a men's major championship, Weir brought along some favorites from the Great White North. His Champions Dinner in 2004 featured elk, wild boar and Arctic char.

Vijay Singh: At the 2001 dinner, Singh served up a Thai-themed feast cooked by friends, with seafood tom kah, chicken panang curry, baked sea scallops with garlic sauce, rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce and baked Chilean sea bass. Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus opted to order off the regular Augusta menu, as is allowed. But, as the story goes, after some prodding from Tiger Woods, Nicklaus took one bite of Thai food and didn't stop.

Tiger Woods: The four-time Masters champ's more recent dinners have featured steaks, chicken, fajitas and sushi. But his first, in 1998, might be the coolest: cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries and milkshakes. Of course, he was just 22 years old at the time.

Sandy Lyle: The 1988 champion from Scotland probably had a lot of his fellow green-jacketed friends ordering off the regular menu when he served haggis as the main course of his dinner. In case you don't know what haggis is, it goes a little something like this: minced sheep organs (heart, liver and lungs) plus minced suet (fatty tissue from around the sheep's kidneys), oatmeal and onions, boiled inside the sheep's stomach.

Is it just me, or does grilled chicken sound really good right now?

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