Danny Willett is the guest of honor on Tuesday night as the defending Masters champion hosts the annual Masters Champions Dinner at Augusta National. Since 1952 when Ben Hogan first convened the gathering of past winners, all living and available prior green-jacket winners, as well as Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, will get together on the second floor of the clubhouse for a feast and storytelling.
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“There’s been a lot of thought gone into it about how we can embrace British culture and hopefully they enjoy a little taste of Yorkshire,” Willett said on Tuesday. “It’s nothing really off the wall. It would have been what most people would have thought, if they were to come to Britain and sit in a pub on Sunday and have their dinner.”
The menu, which Willett shared on Tuesday via Twitter, begins with mini cottage pies as an appetizer, followed by what’s dubbed a “Sunday Roast” main course of prime rib, roasted potatoes and vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
The dessert is an apple crumble with vanilla custard.
Coffee and Yorkshire tea will be served after the meal along with English biscuits and cheese. As for wines during the meal, Willett went with the 2012 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, which sells for $125 per bottle, and the 2012 Caymus Vineyards 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon, an $80 bottle from Napa Valley, California.
Willett also said he will pay tribute to Arnold Palmer, who died in Sept. 2016 and will not be attending the Champions Dinner for the first time since 1959.
“I’ve thought of a few words to say and had the idea of toasting Arnie with his favorite drink tonight. To not have him here, it’s going to be a sad week,” Willett said. “You’re sat in a room there with the best players of all time and I think that in itself is going to be brilliant.”