On Sunday, April 10, Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters tournament. He did so with the entire country of Japan behind him. As he donned his green blazer, Paige Spiranac sent out a tweet that was almost immediately misconstrued.
One of the cooler Masters traditions is that the person who wins gets to pick a dinner menu ahead of the Players Championship. This is a tradition that is more than 80 years old. So, Paige Spiranac was thinking about what food Hideki Matsuyama might ask for as his menu.
Paige Spiranac’s tweet about the dinner was seemingly harmless. She said, “The menu for the champions dinner is going to be absolute fire next year.”
However, people got up in arms about her comment. Many people began assuming she meant that Hideki Matsuyama would ask for sushi. So, her follow-up tweet addressed the controversy that her tweet caused.
On April 6, 2021, Dustin Johnson got to have his annual Champions Dinner. Because the last Master was in November, he had roughly four months to come up with his menu. But he put it together in style. As an appetizer, pigs in a blanket and lobster and corn fritters were served. The first course was either a house salad or caesar salad. Next was mashed potatoes and spring vegetables. The main course was filet mignon and miso-marinated sea bass. Finally, dessert was peach cobbler and apple pie served with vanilla ice cream.
Paige Spiranac Defends Her Comments About the Championship Dinner Menu Next Year
So, it makes sense that Paige Spiranac had this menu on her mind as she watched Hideki Matsuyama win this year’s Masters Tournament. From the outside looking in, her original tweet looked innocent. But, people thought that she was insinuating that the champion would be asking for sushi.
However, Paige Spiranac wanted to clear the air on the tweet after the vigorous protests. She made it exceptionally clear that she really enjoys Japanese cuisine. The golfer also made it clear that she believes that Hideki will honor his culture with his menu.
By no means was she trying to say that he will serve any kind of food, instead, she is simply excited to see the menu. Nonetheless, it would make sense to see Matsuyama bring a traditional Japanese menu to next year’s Championship dinner.
Moreover, Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo made an interesting comment during the broadcast about Matsuyama. The golfer was around the fourteenth hole when they made an interesting comment. The broadcasters said that Japan would probably have him light the Olympic torch if he wins the tournament. Again, this was not in malice, rather a sign of great respect that his country loves and supports him.
So, hopefully, Paige Spiranac has ironed out the situation and settled people’s nerves. More importantly, Matsuyama has a long time to come up with his Champions dinner.