A number of fascinating golf items were recently sold at auction with the headline lot being one of Tiger Woods' back-up putters.
Other memorabilia included Gary Player’s 1974 Masters trophy ($523,483), a 1904 Olympic Games trophy ($493,777.20), Billy Casper’s 1966 US Open trophy ($30,326) and a Tiger Woods autographed Nike ball ($9,532.80).
But a private bidder paid $393,000 for Woods' 2002 Scotty Cameron Newport 2 back-up putter, probably the most iconic putter in the game and the wand behind 14 of his 15 major wins.
The putter, made in 2002, is an exact replica of Tiger’s Newport 2 and, supposedly, one or two were made each year and fewer than 10 are said to be in existence, hence the interest.
The Scotty measures 34 inches and features a single dot as opposed to the usual alignment line. The red dots on the face are there to shed a few grams in weight, something which Tiger was keen on.
The bidding opened on August 12 with a $25,000 minimum., was soon up to $27,500 and, two weeks later, it had ballooned to $104,431.
Following a number of private bids things then went from $223,858, to $297,955 and then $327,750. It finally settled on $393,300.
Pic: Golden Age Golf Auctions