Sunday 19 November 2017

Willett opts to put Yorkshire puddings on Masters menu

England's Danny Willett. Photo: USA Today Sports
England's Danny Willett. Photo: USA Today Sports

Phil Casey

There was little surprise as Danny Willett remained true to his Yorkshire roots by revealing his choice of menu for last night's Champions Dinner at Augusta.

Being the defending champion, Willett gets to decide what he and his fellow green jacket winners will eat at their traditional gathering ahead of the Masters.

And the 29-year-old from Sheffield resisted the temptation to try anything too radical by selecting mini cottage pies to start, followed by a traditional Sunday roast - complete with Yorkshire puddings and gravy - and apple crumble and vanilla custard for dessert.

"I could have gone a bit off the wall and a bit crazy, but I want people to actually enjoy what they're going to have and for it not to be too different to what they would enjoy and what they would like," Willett said on Twitter.

"This is very much a menu of what I have liked and had growing up, with the British influence in there massively."

Willett's menu is rounded off by Yorkshire Tea served with English cheese and biscuits.

Asked if Augusta's chef was confident of making Yorkshire puddings from scratch, Willett told his pre-tournament press conference: "He'd best be, otherwise I'll be in the kitchen making sure his oil is hot enough!

"If they go a bit flat, we're not going to be happy. I'm sure that he's been practising."

Willett, who is looking to join Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo in winning back-to-back titles, gets his campaign under way at 7.24pm Irish time alongside Matt Kuchar and Australian amateur Curtis Luck.

Fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick tees off at 3.34pm alongside 2015 champion Jordan Spieth and Germany's former World No 1 Martin Kaymer.

Irish Independent

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