Woods’ back-up putter sells for whopping fee at auction

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A Tiger Woods signed Scotty Cameron putter has sold at auction for more than $300,000.

Not actually used by Woods in competition, the back-up Scotty Cameron ‘Red Dot’ Newport 2 is the model Woods wielded en route to 14 of his 15 major wins.

Woods signed the flat-stick at a 2005 fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Learning Center where it was auctioned off.

Although not a gamer, Woods usually tested the backups to ensure they were to his liking which means the putter likely passed through Woods hands at some point during his career.

The putter sold for $328,577, just a few months after the set of irons purported to be used by Woods in the famous Tiger Slam of 2000-01 went for more than $5 million.

Four backup putters belonging to Woods have been sold at auction before this one, and this signed Cameron fell just short of the highest bid for any of those clubs. Another Woods backup sold in August 2021 for $393,000. The first one sold in 2015 for $29,000, according to Golf Digest, and another sold three years later for $44,000. In 2020, another Woods backup fetched $154,928.

“The golf collecting industry has traditionally lagged behind other sports. But that’s been changing in a big way as collectors race to acquire the best Tiger Woods items,” said Ryan Carey, owner of Golden Ague Auctions, which hosted the bidding. “Over the past year, Tiger Woods has become his own collecting category. Collectors are starting to treat him and collect him like other GOATs – Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Mickey Mantle.”

This auction, which closed Sunday, also included another Scotty Cameron putter made for Woods ($86,525) and a wedge used by Woods ($39,816). Arnold Palmer’s “Old Faithful” putter was the auction’s second-costliest item, going for $126,680, followed by the Woods putter and Dwight Eisenhower’s clubs, which went for $59,731.

Items from the auction can be viewed here.

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