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The Masters 2024: Sir Nick Faldo’s Champions Dinner memories

The Masters 2024: Sir Nick Faldo’s Champions Dinner memories

Ahead of the Masters Champions Dinner taking place later on Tuesday at Augusta National, three-time Green Jacket winner Sir Nick Faldo tells us about his favourite memories from the pre-tournament tradition.

The Champions Dinner began in 1952 when defending champion Ben Hogan organised a dinner for all previous winners of the Major Championship.

The defending champion acts as host and selects the menu, with this week being the turn of Jon Rahm after he claimed his second Major victory and first Green Jacket in Georgia last year.

Having won the Masters on three occasions in 1989, 1990 and 1996, six-time Major winner Faldo has attended his fair share of Champions Dinners.

Among his great memories is how Vijay Singh, champion in 2000, was the first player to start the tradition of canapés in advance of the main dinner.

In terms of his own menu choices, Faldo deems his fish and chips offering in 1997 ranks among his top three.

In contrast, the Englishman ranks Bubba Watson's 2013 choice of grilled chicken breast along with macaroni and cheese for the main meal as among the worst, branding it at the time as a 'Happy Meal'.

This year’s Masters Club dinner, at which Faldo will again be present, will give past winners a taste of Rahm's home Basque region, as part of variety of dishes hailing from Spanish cuisine.

Among the starter options is Rahm's grandmother's home cooked inspired Lentil Stew, along with a mix of tapas and pintxos including spicy Basque chorizo.

The menu then sees crab salad served before a choice of ribeye steak or turbot.

For desert, it’s a puff pastry cake served with custard and Chantilly cream.

Watch the video at the top of the page to hear some of his best tales from the most exclusive dinner party in golf.

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