Rob Gronkowski has unveiled his Masters Champions dinner menu

Rob Gronkowski competed in the Valspar Championship on Friday.

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It’s funny how golf fans appreciate the release of the Masters Champions Dinner menu, considering it’s a meal we’re certainly not invited to. (Though Mike Weir enjoys reading it!)

But the point isn’t the food. The point is the decision making. One of the best parts of playing golf is watching top pros make real-time decisions under pressure. There is a very different schedule for the Champions Dinner; Green Jacket winners have almost 12 months to announce their menu. How do you think about a menu?

We don’t know what it’s like to win a Masters – except you again, Mike – but we do know what it’s like to look at a menu and drool. Although only a few dozen men are invited, we all have an opinion. Enter Rob Gronkowski.

Gronk is not a great golfer yet. “I’ve probably played about a round of golf in total over the past six years,” he said Friday at the Valspar. Still, he’s done some reps on some simulators, he said, and he loves mini-golf. He also sees the game as part of the next stage of life.

“I’m telling you right now I’m very young – living the fast life but I’m starting to settle down more and I have a feeling golf will be one of my games going forward,” he said. “I will play in Pro-Ams at some point. I’d say someday I’ll be a par guy.”

Write it down: Gronk, future par guy. Anyway, he’s become something of a golf fan. He showed up at the Valspar Championship on Friday – his second straight year at the event – and said he was having a blast.

“I also played cornhole while watching everyone play golf. So I had to do some activities — because I love activities,” Gronkowski said in a feel-good exchange with the media. “It’s a great atmosphere here. It brings the community of Tampa Bay together here. This weather alone is simply spectacular. It’s 85 degrees outside. There are two clouds in the sky, the sun is just beaming down on everyone. It’s just a good day to feel good.”

It’s hard to listen to Gronkowski describe life without smiling.

Now to important business: Gronk’s Champions dinner menu.

“My menu would be cheeseburgers, chicken finger subs, buffalo wings with blue cheese on the side and of course my lovely ice shaker here. Just a little, baby.”

In fact, this year’s menu has something in common with Scottie Scheffler’s selections: the first course is a selection of cheeseburger sliders, served ‘Scottie style’.

“Yeah, well, we’re just the same. He’s a good guy,” Gronkowski said.

While other ex-athletes have forged quick friendships with current pros — JJ Watt and Jon Rahm recently swapped acquaintances, for example — Gronk has yet to take his game to this level.

“I’ve actually never met really professional golfers. I really haven’t,” he said. However, there was one exception.

“I met Tiger Woods very quickly once. He was in the big golf tournament up in New England [we’re guessing here he meant the PGA Tour event at TPC Boston] and he trained at our facility. Oh, yeah, and he just walked by and I said, ‘What’s up, Tiger?’ And he said, ‘What’s up, Gronk?’ I shook his hand. So that’s the only professional guy I’ve ever met, I’m pretty sure.

Gronk had one last important note to add.

“But I’ve actually met Shooter McGavin before and if you ask me he’s the #1 most professional golfer of all time. I met Shootah.”

He said the last thing emphatically. Then he made a series of finger pistol motions and added some gunshot sounds to it.

Dylan Dethier

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Dylan Dethier is senior writer for GOLF Magazine/ A Williamstown, Mass. native, he joined GOLF in 2017 after two years of tussling on the mini-tours. Dethier is a graduate of Williams College, where he studied English, and is the author of 18 in Americawhich describes the year he lived off his car as an 18-year-old and played a round of golf in every state. Rob Gronkowski has unveiled his Masters Champions dinner menu

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