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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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Lexi Thompson violates Rules of Golf at Indy Women in Tech Championship

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During the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson unknowingly ran afoul of the Rules of Golf.

Preferred lies–AKA lift, clean, and place–were in effect at soggy Brickyard Crossing. Thompson hit her drive at the par-5 10th hole wide right. It settled in the sixth fairway. Believing she was allowed to lift and clean any ball in the fairway, Thompson began to do so.

The rule, of course, only applies to balls that settle in one’s own fairway. Fortunately for Thompson, an official saw what was happening and stepped in to administer a penalty.

“Thankfully, Marty [the official] intervened before she hit her next shot,” Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill reported. “Otherwise, she would have been hitting from the wrong spot, and it would have been a two-shot penalty. So, in a sense, it saved her a shot.”

The LPGA issued this statement.

“While playing the third round of the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson incurred a one-stroke penalty for breach of the preferred lies local Rule (Appendix IA Part 3b Course Conditions).”

“The Committee adopted the preferred lies local Rule due to the turf conditions of the golf course after receiving over an inch of rain. The LPGA, under the local Rule, restricts the player from preferring her lie when her ball lies in a closely-mown area of a hole other than the one being played.”

“During the play of hole #10, Thompson’s tee shot came to rest in the fairway of hole #6. As Thompson’s ball lay on the fairway of hole #6, she was not entitled to prefer her lie.”

“She preferred her lie in breach of the local Rule but prior to playing her stroke from a wrong place (Rule 20-7), she was questioned by a Rules official regarding her actions. As she had not played her stroke from the preferred spot, she did not receive the general penalty of two-strokes under the local Rule. However, she did incur a one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 for lifting her ball at rest without authority.”

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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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A brief cart ride (by his caddie) has big implications for Akshay Bhatia at the U.S. Amateur

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16-year-old Akshay Bhatia may be looking for a new caddie for his next event. The rising star of amateur golf was penalized when his caddie accepted a ride on a golf cart at the 14th hole during the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

Bhatia would go on to lose to Bradford Tilley.

The match was all square at the 14th. Chris Darnell, Bhatia’s caddie, made a pit stop at the bathroom after Bhatia hit his approach. While the player walked to the green, Darnell was approached by what he believed was a USGA official driving a golf cart.

“The gentleman was wearing a USGA pullover,” Darnell said afterward. “I asked if I could get a ride to the green to keep up pace, and he said yes. So I hopped on the back, got up to the green, hopped off and thought nothing of it.”

Of course, neither players nor caddies can ride on any form of transportation during the round unless authorized, per the Rules of Golf. Bhatia was penalized accordingly and lost the hole after a (real) official spotted the infraction.

Particularly frustrating for the golfer was the fact that he had birdied the par-5 and believed he was going 1 up on his opponent, only to find out they were all square.

As mentioned, Bhatia would go on to lose in 19 holes.

Adding another layer to this drama, Darnell said Tilley’s caddie had done the same thing earlier in the match.

“I had already seen the other caddie in our group do it on the ninth hole,” Darnell said. “Same thing – USGA pullover, drove him from the bathroom up to the fairway – so I assumed it was fine. I didn’t point it out at the time because everything seemed kosher. He had the USGA stuff on, and I didn’t think anything of it.”

What are the chances Tilley or his caddie admit to the infraction now? And who is this mystery idiot who loves the USGA enough to drape himself in their garb but is daft enough to blatantly break a straightforward rule of competition?

Dumb rule? Certainly in this sense. But so many situations exist in amateur play that you can understand why the USGA would level a prohibition on transportation. Still, shouldn’t there be some room for interpretation? It’s difficult to argue Bhatia himself gained any advantage…

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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