As Jim Nantz would tell you, The Masters is a tradition unlike any other. And while golf’s biggest event, which was slated to begin this week, has been postponed until November amid the coronavirus outbreak, that won’t stop Tiger Woods from donning his familiar green jacket.
It’s tradition at Augusta that the previous year’s winner hosts the Masters’ annual Champions Dinner. It’s also the reigning champ’s responsibility to select a menu with recent main courses including Patrick Reed’s preferred ribeye last year, Jordan Spieth’s barbecue-themed dinner in 2015 and Phil Mickelson’s choice of lobster ravioli and Caesar salad.
Woods won’t be hitting the links at Augusta this week, but his Masters dinner went on as planned, albeit in the comfort of his own home. Eating with his girlfriend and two children at their Florida home (the family dog was also a participant), the five-time Masters champ presented a delectable spread of steak, fajitas and sushi, the same offerings Woods selected for his 2006 dinner (the result of this impossible shot) at Augusta. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Masters’ postponement, Woods had also contemplated milkshakes as a menu item, a callback to the first Masters dinner he hosted in 1998. That year Woods, then a bright-eyed 22-year-old, treated his guests to cheeseburgers, fries and of course, the aforementioned milkshakes.
The rescheduled Champions Dinner is slated for November 10, giving Woods plenty of time to fine-tune his menu choices. In the meantime, it looks like he and his quarantined family very much enjoyed Tuesday’s dry run at the Woods household.