Woods serves up 'The Augusta roll' and fajitas at Champions Dinner

The Tiger’s feast! Tiger Woods serves up his menu of ‘The Augusta Roll’, steak and chicken fajitas at the traditional Masters Dinner – 22 years on from when he picked CHEESEBURGERS for past winners

  • Tiger Woods’ hosted the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta on Tuesday 
  • It was the 15-time major winner’s fifth hosting of the special occasion at Augusta
  • Masters champions from down the years attended the iconic Augusta dinner
  • Jack Nicklaus posted pictures of himself donning the Green Jacket before event 

It may have been a more subdued event than normal but on Tuesday evening the show went on as Tiger Woods played host to the annual Champions Dinner ahead of the Masters.

It was the fifth time Woods has hosted the iconic dinner at Augusta, and it is clear that down the years his taste buds have certainly changed since he first held the event as a 21-year-old. 

In 1998, a fresh-faced Woods opted to dish up cheeseburgers, french fries, and milkshakes for his maiden Champions Dinner but the menu couldn’t have been any more different this time round.

Tiger Woods hosted the traditional Champions Dinner on Tuesday evening at Augusta

Woods served up ‘The Augusta Roll’, prime steak and chicken fajitas and a dessert trio

A set-up of the Champions Dinner in the Augusta clubhouse on Tuesday ahead of the Masters

Following his iconic triumph last year, his first major victory in 11 years, Woods this time round decided to serve up a starter of ‘The Augusta Roll’ – consisting of sushi with tempura shrimp, spicy tuna and plenty of spices – for previous winners of the Masters.

For the main course, alongside two bottles of red wine, Woods opted for prime steak and chicken fajitas before dishing out a dessert trio of flan, churros and sopapillas to finish with.

There was a guest list of 33 on Tuesday evening, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the dinner was not at full capacity. 

The annual dinner has become a great tradition at the pristine Augusta since Ben Hogan set it up following his victory in 1951. 

The table is laid out as past Masters winners got together while donning their Green Jackets

A photo of a past Champions Dinner is seen outside the Augusta clubhouse ahead of the event

Golf icon Jack Nicklaus slips on his Green Jacket ahead of the special occasion 

Nicklaus gave his approval on Twitter to Woods’ choice of Champions Dinner at Augusta

Hogan told former winners of the Masters to attend the dinner while donning their prestigious Green Jackets, and the tradition has gone on ever since.

On Tuesday, Jack Nicklaus – golf’s greatest alongside Woods – posted photos on Twitter of him slipping on his Green Jacket before the special occasion.

And he was clearly impressed with the choice of dinner, posting a picture of the menu alongside the caption: ‘Mr. Woods has gotten a lot of practice at picking a menu.’

Woods is defending his Green Jacket following his historic triumph last year at Augusta

Woods celebrates after winning the first of a remarkable five Masters back in 1997

The Masters’ official Twitter account also uploaded behind-the-scenes photos, showing the dinner set-up inside the trophy room on the first floor inside the clubhouse at Augusta, away from its normal second-floor Library location.

Prior to his hosting of the Champions Dinner on Tuesday, Woods choked up as he recalled the day he remarkably won his fifth Green Jacket in April last year.

‘I still get chills just thinking about it,’ Woods, on the 25th anniversary of his first Masters, said. 

‘The victory in 1997 stands out because it was my first major and my dad was there at the back of the green. 

The traditional Champions Dinner, pictured as Sergio Garcia hosted it in 2018, is exclusive to past champions of the Masters

Woods poses with fellow icon Nicklaus at the 2002 dinner while wearing their Green Jackets

Arnold Palmer laughs alongside former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson in 2006

Gay Brewer (left), Fuzzy Zoeller (centre) and Herman Keiser (right) chat back in 1997

‘But last year was more emotional in a different way. After all the struggles, I’d never won a major coming from behind on the last day, my kids were there where my dad had once stood — there were a lot of “never happened befores” that just made it so special. 

‘It can still make me a little teary, as you can tell.’ 

Woods has been paired with 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry and amateur Andy Ogletree for the opening two rounds of the Masters, which is closing out the major season amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer talks to Keiser at the 1987 Champions Dinner

Charl Schwartzel gets in some cooking practice before hosting the exclusive dinner in 2012

QUIRKY CHAMPIONS DINNER’S 

2019 – Patrick Reed: The American stayed true to his roots by serving up a main course of prime bone-in cowboy ribeye alongside some macaroni & cheese.

It was a caesar salad or wedge salad for starters, while he ended his dinner with tiramisu. 

2018 – Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard treated 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. He served up ‘Angela Garcia’s tres leches cake’. The inspiration is in the name, with his wife providing the recipe. 

2017 – Danny Willett: He  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.

2014 – Adam Scott: After missing out 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.

2012 – Charl Schwartzel: After pipping 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.

2009 – Trevor Immelman: 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. 

2005 – Phil Mickelson: Perhaps the most sophisticated dish. ‘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.

2004 – Mike Weir: He 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. 

1998 – Tiger Woods:  Remember, Woods was only 21 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’.

1989 – Sandy Lyle: 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.’

1986 – Bernhard Langer: 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.   




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