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Tiger Woods’ backup Scotty Cameron putter just sold for $44 grand

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Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Newport 2 is arguably the most famous club in modern golf history. It’s certainly the most notable flatstick since Bobby Jones’ Calamity Jane!

In today’s edition of “Items Selling For More than You Could Ever Afford,” one of Woods’ backup Camerons from 2001 just sold at auction for the princely sum of $44,401.20. A similar Woods backup sold for $60K to a Japanese collector in 2015.

Green Jacket Auctions, who put the putter up, say Scotty Cameron only produced one or two backup putters for Woods annually. Reportedly, Woods still owns the vast majority of these putters and has stuck to his “gamer” for 13 of his 14 major championships.

Per Green Jacket Auctions,

“This putter comes with a certificate of authenticity from Scotty Cameron, who describes it as follows “Made for Tiger Woods, GSS Newport II with rare vertical stamping & sight dot”. The putter also comes with a 2nd letter from 2003 on Scotty Cameron’s own letterhead, which also states “This putter was made as a backup for Tiger Woods.”’

The auction house’s Masters lot also included Woods’ 2005 Masters-winning Nike One Gold golf ball, which sold for just north of $30K.

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  1. gery katona

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I hit a few balls with one of these at Fairway Golf in San Diego, probably 12 years ago. They were asking $35K. I was nervous just holding the thing. I do recall it having an exceptionally soft feel.

  2. Benny

    Apr 29, 2018 at 7:04 am

    So funny reading these replies. You all act so tough yet you clicked, resd and commented on this..

  3. bogeypro

    Apr 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Owner probably can’t break 100…. LOL

    • bandrz

      May 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      however the owner can afford a 40K putter so who is really winning here?

  4. Dave r

    Apr 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Really, what next

  5. Ping knockoff

    Apr 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    As someone said just a knockoff club….just a ping copy…Tiger even used a ping grip on the Cameron’s for gosh sake. Everytime Tiger changes club companies aren’t his irons always just copies of the mizunos he started on tour with?

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:19 am

      No no …. the putter has been created in the heavenly Cameron WRX machine shop and has Tiger’s “green” magic baked into it …!!!

  6. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I’ll bet it was one of Cameron tools, either the Latino Hollywood producer or the idiotic financial douchebag in Colorado, lol……

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:24 am

      … or even POTUS Trump who we know, loves golf. Don’t be surprised if it shows up in his WITB at the Trump National Golf Club Mar-a-Lago this weekend (provided the Syrians and Russians behave).

  7. dat

    Apr 13, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I wonder if Bob Parsons bought it

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      Apr 13, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Nah, my dad wouldn’t spend that amount on a copy of Ping putter, ha!

      • SteveK

        Apr 14, 2018 at 1:26 am

        …. but it’s got that je ne sais quoi black magic built into it …:-o

  8. Sean Foster-Nolan

    Apr 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I wonder if it included a head cover.

  9. John Krug

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    It’s used; therefore only worth $44.

  10. Tom54

    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Tigers Scotty Cameron may be the most valuable of his clubs but I believe the 9-iron rumored to be wielded by his wife Elin in that now infamous night back in Nov ‘09 would certainly be a close second were it ever to come up for auction.

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:03 am

      Tiger would prolly outbid everybody for that infamous 9-iron so he can trash it on his Land Rover … 😮

  11. Matt

    Apr 13, 2018 at 11:46 am

    A sucker born every minute.

    • ogo

      Apr 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      … and most are found on golf courses flogging expensive golf clubs to no avail …. sooo pa thetic …. 😮

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      Apr 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Say that again! But don’t say that in The Cameron Buttlector website, they will go on full Suicide Watch, lol….

      • SteveK

        Apr 14, 2018 at 1:29 am

        … and they say pros literally sleep with their driver and putter… gearheads actually too …. 😮

  12. ogo

    Apr 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    They are now buying up historical golf equipment along with Stradivarius violins at exorbitant prices. Their mentality is “you are what you own” …. particularly if you are short and non-athletic but swimming in ¥¥¥¥¥ and $$$$$ … 😮

    • The Truth

      Apr 13, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Lol precisely

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      Apr 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Touché!

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Somewhere in Tokyo there is a tiny 10′ x 30′ golf shop with an artificial putting rug and advertising a 5 minute putting experience with Tiger’s own putter …. for 1,000¥ BYOB(alls).. 😎

  13. Darryl

    Apr 13, 2018 at 8:02 am

    You think if I stamp “Tiger Woods” in askew lettering on my Oil Can Newport 2 I’d fool anyone?

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:31 am

      You might fool yourself if you were one of those delusional neurotic impotent gearheads …!

  14. Chuck Barkley

    Apr 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    $44 is probably about right, since this particular putter has zero wins on tour! It’s an understudy, Broadway term, for you Canadians! Ha!

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:13 am

      … so it’s a premature-immature putter with no putting experience?!! 😮

  15. Scotty

    Apr 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I always told people if he sold his original Scotty Cameron it would go for over $1 million in charity auction. Prove me wrong

    • Bob Parson Jr.

      Apr 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Well, with that nameI see why you would think that, lol…..

  16. TeeBone

    Apr 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Can someone please explain why Scotty Cameron has never made a Newport 2 with a sight dot and no sight line?

    • Jordan

      Apr 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      He does all the time. It just takes $500 for a fitting and at least $3500 to get into a custom putter.

    • Omar

      Apr 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      So true, seeing a sight dot would look amazing against the back of a ball.

  17. Brian

    Apr 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    lol…I misread the title and thought it has been sold for $44…not $44k

    • george

      Apr 13, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Looks like some has more money than they know what to do with it instead paying 44 mil for a $500.00 why not give it to charity

    • SteveK

      Apr 14, 2018 at 1:16 am

      … and it has never seen a golf ball… and rates a 10/10 on eBay..!!!

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 3. Spanish Point Golf Club, Clare

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Two of our Exploring Ireland Series, we focused on the north-west of the island, taking the trip to County Donegal and showcasing the Old Tom Morris Links. Now it’s time for Part Three, and we’re staying along the “Wild Atlantic Way,” and heading down along the coast and into County Clare.

Clare is easily one of the top destinations in Ireland. The county is home to some of the best scenery in the country, with one particular natural wonder drawing well over a million visitors each year. Along with its incredible sights, the county is of course home to some of the top golf courses on the island and is a contender for the best destination in Ireland for traditional music, with a multitude of bars hosting live music sessions each night of the week.

Spanish Point Golf Club, Clare

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While Trump Doonbeg and the host of next year’s Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club, often grab all of the headlines for courses in Clare, they aren’t the only options. Diverting away from those well-known spots, my recommendation for a day out on the links in this area is at Spanish Point Golf Club.

Spanish Point is a real hidden gem out west. The track is a nine-hole course that took the title this year for “Best 9 Hole Course in Munster.” The course opened in 1896, and sits right on top of the Spanish Point beach, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The course itself plays for 18 holes as a par 68 and stretches over 5,000 yards. The course is mostly flat and exposed to the elements, and being right on top of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s an extremely high chance that should you tee it up here then every single facet of your game is going to get tested. Don’t be surprised that if the wind howls you find nine holes more than enough!

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The star of Spanish Point is its greens. Wonderfully maintained, vast, and protected by deep classic links-style bunkers, these greens are a joy to putt on. So if you’re not rolling the ball well, it’s more than likely all on you!

Regardless of how you’re playing though, the greens of Spanish Point are a perfect viewing point to take in the breathtaking views on offer.

Eighteen holes around Spanish Point will set you back just over $20 during the week, and a little over $25 on the weekend. Which, in my opinion, is an absolute steal.

Food & Drink – Gus O’Connor’s Pub, Doolin

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Just like it was difficult to choose only one golf course to showcase in Clare, separating the pubs is not an easy task either. A 30-minute drive from Spanish Point may sound a little inconvenient, but when you get to the small village of Doolin, then you will be thankful that you took the time to get to this little haven.

A small village just north of Spanish Point, Doolin boasts three of the best bars in the county, a “triple-crown” of bars if you will. McGann’s and McDermott’s are definitely worth a visit, but Gus O’Connor’s is an absolute must to while away an evening out west.

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Open since 1832, Gus O’Connor’s will provide you with an incredibly atmospheric evening. The bar looks tiny from the outside, but there is plenty of room inside. One word of warning, however, is that should you wish to spend a night out here then arrive early, as it fills up fast.

Live music is Doolin’s game, and at Gus O’Connor’s you will find it every night of the week. Sessions begin at 9 pm each evening and go on until late. Some of the best musicians in Ireland play here, and you can expect to hear the great sounds of fiddles, flutes, violins, guitars and bodhrans playing throughout the night.

A few years ago, locals at Gus O’Connor’s were even lucky enough to hear actor John C. Reilly belt out Ireland’s greatest drinking song “The Wild Rover.”

Gus O’Connor’s also serves up a full menu of typical Irish traditional food. Here you will have the perfect opportunity to sample the Irish Classic, Beef and Guinness Stew, which of course needs to be washed down with a pint of the black stuff. Another option worth considering is the Doolin mussels steamed in white wine.

Where To Stay

If you wish to stay in Doolin, then you’ll have plenty of great little hotels and lodges to choose from, with the price of a double room usually ranging from $65-$100 a night. My recommendation is the Doolin View B&B, which is within walking distance of all the bars. For around $85 you’ll get a lovely double room, with a full Irish breakfast included for the next morning to keep you going for the day.

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A 15-minute drive from the village of Doolin will take you to that natural wonder I referenced earlier. The Cliffs of Moher are arguably the finest attraction on the entire island. The sea cliffs run for 14 kilometres, and at their highest point, they rise 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. As impressive as the cliffs are in photographs, to experience them in person is a special event and something that you simply must take the time to do if you’re in Clare.

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Another great option if you’re in this area is to take the ferry for a day trip to the Aran Islands. Home to 1,200 people whose primary language is Irish. Don’t worry though; they also speak English. The Bronze and Iron Age forts are there to be explored on the island, and the best way to do so is by hiring a bicycle, as the speed limit for cars is 31mph on all roads on the island.

How To Get There

The area is a three-hour drive from Dublin, but just one hour away from Doolin is one of Ireland’s three international airports, Shannon, which provides you with a great location to explore the west coast.

 

 

 

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Tweets of the Week: Rose’s near miss, Rickie’s birthday, a celebration fail, and more

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Poom Saksansin claimed the Indonesian Masters, David Lipsky triumphed in South Africa, while Davis Love III and his son won the PNC Father-Son Challenge. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Rose’s Meltdown

Justin Rose threw away the opportunity to end 2018 as the World Number One on Sunday in Indonesia. The Englishman needed to finish just one stroke better off than he did, and I think it’s fair to say that Rose left the odd shot out there in his final round…

…leaving Brooks Koepka as the year-end World Number One. Another goal accomplished for the American who earlier in the week displayed his astonishment at being excluded from ESPN’s list of 20 most dominant athletes for 2018.

Rickie’s Birthday

Rickie Fowler celebrated his birthday alongside his fiancee Alisson Stokke, and friends Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. The American turned 30 last week, making us all feel that little bit older.

Epic Celebration Fail

The PNC Father-Son Challenge provided one of the worst golf celebrations that you’re ever likely to see.

Greg Norman’s Son Has Swag

From cringe to cool, Greg Norman’s son showed some serious swagger at the PNC Father-Son Challenge, picking up his team’s coin before his ball had even reached the cup.

Long John Jr.

Speaking of cool, how about John Daly Jr. bombing drives on the range at the Father-Son event?

Jack’s Still Got It

Think the Golden Bear has lost his touch on the greens? Think again.

Bang…

…Bang.

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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever

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Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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