Bubba sticks with 2013 menu

2015-04-07 23:18
Bubba Watson (AFP)

Augusta - Bubba Watson will host the traditional champions dinner at Augusta National on Tuesday for a second time as the reigning champion and he will serve up exactly the same southern menu.

"It's the same meal because it's from my mom, a home-cooked meal, and that's why I do it," the American left-hander told reporters while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

Watson won his first green jacket in 2012 and dished up Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast with green beans, mashed potatoes, corn and macaroni cheese, followed by confetti cake and ice cream at the 2013 champions dinner.

But Watson was a silent host that year as he sat back and enjoyed the anecdotes told by former Masters winners.

"My first champions dinner, I was watching these legends talk, heard their stories, I didn't know what to do," the 36-year-old from Bagdad in Florida. "I was like, 'Are you sure I'm supposed to be here?'

"You watch and listen to the great champions and their stories. I didn't talk, I just listened. My story is brand new so I didn't have any stories to add to this. It was pretty neat."

The Masters champions sinner tradition dates back to 1952 when Ben Hogan hosted the first one. Since then, some of the dining experiences have been more memorable than others.

After winning the 1988 Masters, Britain's Sandy Lyle served up Scottish specialty haggis while Fiji's 2000 champion Vijay Singh dished up one of the most popular meals with a Thai menu.

Britain's three-times champion Nick Faldo opted for shepherd's pie, Germany's Bernhard Langer went for schnitzel and Canada's Mike Weir selected caribou.

For the less adventurous, past champions can also order off the clubhouse menu at Augusta National.

Groups for Thursday's opening round of the 79th Masters golf tournament at par-72 Augusta National:

13:45: Charley Hoffman (USA), Brian Harman (USA)
13:56: Larry Mize (USA), Danny Willett (ENG), Byron Meth (USA)
14:07: Tom Watson (USA), Gary Woodland (USA), Camilo Villegas (COL)
14:18: Mike Weir (CAN), Ben Crane (USA), Corey Conners (CAN)
14:29: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Russell Henley (USA), Darren Clarke (NIR)
14:40: Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Brendon Todd (USA), Kevin Na (KOR)
14:51: Jonas Blixt (SWE), Kevin Streelman (USA), Stephen Gallacher (SCO)
15:02: Patrick Reed (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Ian Poulter (ENG)
15:13: Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Lee Westwood (ENG), Anirban Lahiri (IND)
15:24: Bubba Watson (USA), Justin Rose (ENG), Yang Gunn (KOR)
15:35: Adam Scott (AUS), Dustin Johnson (USA), Antonio Murdaca (AUS)
15:46: OPEN
15:57: Morgan Hoffmann (USA), Steve Stricker (USA), Matt Every (USA)
16:08: Ben Crenshaw (USA), Bill Haas (USA), Jason Dufner (USA)
16:19: Webb Simpson (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Paul Casey (ENG)
16:30: Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Joost Luiten (NED), Bae Sang-Moon (KOR)
16:41: Phil Mickelson (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Ryan Moore (USA)
16:52: J.B. Holmes (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
17:03: Ian Woosnam (WAL), Erik Compton (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS)
17:14: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Kevin Stadler (USA), Scott Harvey (USA)
17:25: Ben Martin (USA), Robert Streb (USA), Cameron Tringale (USA)
17:36: Sandy Lyle (SCO), Noh Seung-Yul (KOR), Bradley Neil (SCO)
17:47: Bernhard Langer (GER), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS)
17:58: OPEN
18:09: Zach Johnson (USA), Jim Furyk (USA), Ernie Els (RSA)
18:20: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Matias Dominguez (CHI)
18:31: Mark O'Meara (USA), Chris Kirk (USA), Shane Lowry (IRL)
18:42: Padraig Harrington (IRL), Ryan Palmer (USA), Thomas Bjorn (DEN)
18:53: James Hahn (KOR), Mikko Ilonen (FIN), Hunter Mahan (USA)
19:04: Matt Kuchar (USA), Brooks Koepka (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR)
19:15: Jordan Spieth (USA), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Billy Horschel (USA)
19:26: Fred Couples (USA), Branden Grace (RSA), Thongchai Jaidee (THA)
19:37: Luke Donald (ENG), Victor Dubuisson (FRA), John Senden (AUS)
19:48: Tiger Woods (USA), Jamie Donaldson (WAL), Jimmy Walker (USA)
19:59: Jason Day (AUS), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Rickie Fowler (USA)

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