Last year during the Masters there was no golfer calmer than Jordan Spieth, who took the title by four strokes.
This year, Spieth isn’t afraid of returning to the course, but he is nervous about another tradition that comes with being the defending champion.
On Tuesday, Spieth will host the Champions Dinner at the Augusta National clubhouse. Since 1952, a dinner is held the Tuesday before the tournament where all the members get to welcome the previous winner to the club. The catch, the winner gets to choose the menu and pay for it.
"That’s what would be the most nerve-racking thing right now, which is a pretty good thing if that’s the most nerve-racking next week," Spieth said in an interview with Golf Digest.
It’s believed Spieth will be serving up a healthy dose of Texas barbeque for his dinner this year. Past dinners have included everything from Mike Weir’s elk and wild boar to Bernhard Langer’s wiener schnitzel. Sometimes things aren’t as fancy, such as Tiger Woods in 1998 having cheeseburgers and fries.
Despite the extra work that comes with hosting the dinner, Spieth told Golf Digest that he is still focused on defending his title.
“I won’t be celebrating whatsoever next week,” he said. “The Champions Dinner will be a great honour. I won’t consider it a celebration. That week is solely about 2016 Masters to me.”