Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The Headline that Caught My Attention
Not a Morsel for Vegans at Cabrera’s Masters Feast
By BILL PENNINGTON
AUGUSTA, Ga. – It is an annual dinner at a very long rectangular table, a custom begun in 1952, when Ben Hogan suggested it might be fun to get all the living Masters champions together for dinner before the tournament. So at a famously exclusive golf club, a more selective society, one based on golf achievement, meets on the Tuesday of the first full week of each April.
The Masters champions gather in their green jackets inside the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse to reminisce and tell stories. Sam Snead was known for delivering a long string of ribald jokes. In 1998, 22-year-old Tiger Woods and 96-year-old Gene Sarazen compared golf grips, using dinner knives for their clubs.
The most famed tradition is the selection of the menu served, which is at the choice of the defending champion, who also picks up the tab for the dinner.
The menu selected by 2009 champion Angel Cabrera was a source of amusement in the hours before this year’s dinner. Cabrera promised a “good Argentine asado,” which he described as a five-course barbeque of meat in various forms including blood sausage, pork sausage and beef ribs. Cabrera’s swing coach and sometimes interpreter Charlie Epps listed another item, mollejas, which he said was the thymus gland of a bull......