A few hours from now, about 7 p.m., the men who have won the Masters and are still around to enjoy it will gather in the Augusta National clubhouse, wearing their green jackets and the satisfaction that comes from being a member of what may be the most exclusive club in golf.
What Ben Hogan started 71 years ago when he proposed the Champions Dinner to club chairman Clifford Roberts is as cherished as it is exclusive.
The only ways to earn a seat at the table are to win the Masters or be the club’s chairman, a role that belongs now to Fred Ridley, who is invited by the players and annually shares the head table with Ben Crenshaw, who steers the conversation, and the defending champion, in this case Scottie Scheffler.
This year, Scheffler’s menu includes cheeseburger sliders, firecracker shrimp, tortilla soup, Texas ribeye steak or blackened redfish as an entree, and a warm chocolate chip skillet cookie for dessert.
Scottie Scheffler will welc...
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