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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter sells for big bucks

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Barkley Chuck

    Feb 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Always wondered what club Elin used to pound some justice into the old Tigre’!!

  2. Charlotte

    Feb 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Does this make my Studio Stainless Newport worth more? Its the same look without the insert. Feels great. Just a little heavier than the Newport 2.

    • passerby

      Feb 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      no sir cuz nothing related or relevant.

  3. Jamie King

    Feb 22, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    If your local golf course had this putter and rented it…would you pay $200 to play a round with it?

    • JP

      Feb 22, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      I won’t pay a $200 greens fee! Screw renting ANY putter. I like mine just fine.

    • Big Ern

      Feb 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      Amazing question!
      Depends though if it were some 1/2 kept joint with greens that look similar to a cheetahs fur or a top notch place like a TPC course. If at the latter i definitely would fork over the $200.

      • Jacob McCain

        Mar 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        I have played a round with one of Tiger’s backup putters. It’s very nice but I wouldn’t pay $200 to do it.

  4. Tim

    Feb 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t use it either.
    In fact, Tiger and I didn’t use for the EXACT same amount of time!

    How much does that add to the value?

    Some people…

  5. toyzrx

    Feb 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    What about the PING longneck Anser he used to win US am against Trip Keuhne? Probably was 1995 or 1996, but I bet that thing is pretty valuable too.

  6. Sean

    Feb 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Article is a little misleading. This is not the actual putter used to win the 97 Masters. The auction listing describes it as the prototype given in 96 before the actual Te3 putter was provided which Tiger went on to win the masters with.

    The actual 97 Masters putter is priceless IMO and likely sits in Tigers house (hopefully mounted : )

    • Nachos

      Feb 23, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for this, the price seemed low. That and why would it sell for less than backups?

  7. Tom

    Feb 22, 2019 at 11:17 am

    How much are his personally used bimbos going for?

  8. dat

    Feb 22, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Considering how much the regular tour models go for, this isn’t a bad value for a high end collector.

  9. GOLFFRR

    Feb 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I was able to sit in on a speech that Scotty Cameron did and he told us about the story of how the dots came in to play in those putters. It all started with Tiger getting a putter from him that was too heavy for his liking. Tiger needed it lighter and needed it overnight. Scotty couldn’t re make a putter so he though he would drill some holes in the back. Once he did that he noticed it was rusting, so he went to local store and bought some caulking and put it in the holes to stop the rust. he went and won that week and the putter was all over TV the rest was history 🙂

    • Jon

      Feb 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

      There’s other stories about Scotty and tigers putters. The actual gamer tiger has used for 13 major victories was supposed to ship out the day that Scotty had finished it. Tiger wanted the head to play exactly 350 grams. The putter came off the mill at 353g (or so not sure on exact #s) so Scotty decided to mill a couple grams out of the back of the face because he knew that tiger would be able to feel the extra weight. Tigers putter was the first of nearly every tour putter after his to have a ‘tour dot’ yet the reason for tigers red dot in the cavity is not to distinguish it from retail model it’s so that it plays the right way. The cool thing is that Scotty has made over 20 back ups for tiger over his career in the identical configuration and not one of them has ever gone into play. Because they, “Don’t feel right.” That’s why tigers putter looks so beat up, because he won’t use another one. There’s also been multiple times where tiger has thrown the Scotty at his golf bag or slammed it off the ground and bent the hosel way out of whack and Scotty has had to drop what he’s doing and fly to wherever the tournament is to fix the alignment/ set up of the putter. I couldn’t imagine what his actual putter would sell for considering one of the back ups that weren’t good enough for tiger have sold for over $50 grand.

      • Benny

        Feb 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

        Great info Jon and exactly right. But here in lies the issue… Scotty shaved that weight with those drilled dots to sehd 2 grams. One on the face/ heel and other in the cavity. But Scotty said “to keep it from rusting he used red printing ink for the dots and lettering”.
        How does GSS rust?? (Stainless steel does not rust)
        It doesn’t, so that means Tiger’s real putter is carbon underneath the finish.
        But to push the GSS line and sales Scotty and Tiger have stated for ever its GSS when the real putter is a Pro Platinum finish.
        This was the only stainless like finish Scotty had at that time.
        Its all marketing boys and the video where Scotty explained all this has been removed from their site.
        I have also seen pics of Tigers putter from 2013-2015 seasons where it looked brand new. But the real TW NP2 is all banged up.
        IMO I believe its not just 1 putter and instead he has used a handful of these to win but kept secret so that Scotty can market his $10k GSS putters.

        • Jacob McCain

          Mar 14, 2019 at 3:42 pm

          Stainless steel does rust. Especially if you’re a tour pro who uses it as a tool and don’t take care of it. let it sit in the rain for 10 minutes then put a cover over it and don’t dry it off. It’ll rust for sure. Not nearly as badly as carbon but still will have rust spots. Also Tiger’s putter wasn’t 350. It was 335 or 330 originally. Due to remilling to get dings and such out it’s down to about 325 now.

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WRX Exclusive Spotlight: Stitch SL2 bag

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Founded in 2011, Stitch Golf has been making some of the highest quality and most popular accessories in the game. From head covers to personal travel bags, the company philosophy of “it’s all in the details” shines through with all of the products.

The latest creation is the all-new SL2 carry bag — Stitch is calling it “the perfect walking bag.” After taking the SL2 out for a few spins around the course, it’s hard to argue with them. What you also notice right away is the styling screams Stitch.

When I spoke with CEO Brad King, we talked about how much focus they put into every detail beyond just the functionality.

“The SL2 is modeled to look just like our tour bag, except a lot lighter and obviously easier to carry for the weekend golfing warrior,” King said. “Also, like a lot of our product,s it takes color cues from racing, which is why Stitch blue, orange, and navy are prominent.”

Brad used the term “golfing warrior” a few times in our discussion, and he said it epitomizes the idea of someone who takes their golf seriously, walks, maybe even plays 36 a day, and wants functionality from their golf bag — while also looking extremely sharp.

You can tell this is a Stitch bag from across the range, or a few holes over on the course, which means from a styling perspective “mission accomplished.”

So, about that functionality…

As a walker, there are certain key features I want in a bag to even consider it, but those features can vary depending on how and when I plan to use the bag (having a couple of golf bags is a luxury, I know). If it’s a small Sunday bag, then a limited space, single strap design with a few small yet functional pockets, is all I really need. If we’re talking a full-blown tournament or travel option, extra space for rain gear, gloves, range finder and all the other goodies including a double strap is almost a must…plus it has to fit easily on both a pushcart and riding cart.

The Stitch SL2 skews right in the middle and here’s why: It’s just about perfect

  • Comes in right a 4lbs
  • Minimal yet well designed pockets hold more than enough gear for 18 holes or more.
  • It’s almost completely water resistant thanks to Stitch’s Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in all their bags that has the strength of leather, but is more durable & wear resistant. It also feels extremely sturdy.
  • Large, well-padded top easily holds 14 clubs and doesn’t “mush” you putter cover up (HUGE pet peeve of mine)
  • Straps that can be configured for both single or double use. It comes with both options stock and is easily interchangeable thanks to the pinch clips.

Ball Pocket and Zippered Water Bottle pouch

Velvet lined pocket to hold a watch or valuables

Base sits almost flush and is very stable – never noticed clubs getting tangled

I told you the top was BIG

Now I realize you don’t come to GolfWRX for fluff pieces, you come for honesty, and I wouldn’t be doing my job without pointing out a few things that could be improved on, as nitpicky as they might be.

  • The bag sits a little upright. If you have to place it on a side hill you just have to take an extra moment to make sure it’s balanced before letting it go (not a huge deal).
  • The rain hood (which is AWESOME and matches the bag) is bulky, and if you do cram it into the large side pouch it doesn’t leave much room for anything else. It means really planning ahead if you think you’ll be playing in wet weather. BUT on the other hand, I think I’ve used a rain hood twice in the last 5 years (I don’t normally carry one anyway), so this is in NO way a deal breaker.
  • Limited padding where the bag rests against your back. Personally, I don’t find this a big deal since most bags in the minimalist category have very little padding if any, but in the spirit of a full breakdown its just part of making sure I point out everything I noticed while testing it. The fabric used is so thick it still made it comfortable to carry for 18 holes.

Overall the Stitch SL2 really is a wonderful bag. The styling is top notch, the fabrics and build quality are premium, and every touchpoint screams high-end and built-to-last. The best way to sum up the SL2 is to compare it to a sporty coup roadster: stylish, light, fun, fast, functional, and something others will notice. The trunk isn’t enormous, but it’s not meant to be. It holds everything you really need, plus a couple of extras,  and considering how much fun you have making corners in this car (or making birdies carrying the bag), at the end of the day, you’re going to enjoy the heck out of it.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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WRX Spotted: Ping Glide 3.0, Glide 3.0 Eye2 wedges

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Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of the golf world, we had been hearing rumblings of a new Ping Glide series for a while (since the introduction of the Blueprint irons, at least).

This week, at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, we now have an idea of exactly what’s coming with the beginning of Glide 3.0 wedges tour seeding.

Like a lot of initial releases, we don’t have the full tech breakdown, but I’ll make a few assumptions

  • Material: Based on the popularity of the i210s and the feel they offer golfers (so soft), the new Glide 3.0s are made from the same steel and utilize the same 50-percent softer Elastomer CTP.
  • Hydropearl 3.0? A finish designed to repel water and greatly improve consistency from the rough and wet conditions, its been working on irons and why stop there?
  • COG Shifting: Looking at the cavity, Ping engineers have been playing with a LOT of mass around this head. That is one of the cool things about wedges is, beyond the putter, they are the heaviest heads in the set. More mass equals more COG relocation. It’s noticeable in the comparison below.

Notice the back of the top line

There is a lot more mass higher in the LW vs PW

  • Sole grinds: This is where Ping continues to step up there game in the wedge category. And like previous families of wedges, there appears to be a lot of options in design. We should see some TS options in the bags for players at the Open Championship if it’s dry and firm.

Beyond grind options, we also have totally different head options with a Glide 3.0 Eye2. Let’s be honest, this makes a TON of sense since other companies have been borrowing design traits from the Eye2 for the last couple years for their wedges. Why wouldn’t Ping utilize its own already popular design and update it for modern turf conditions?

We will have to wait and see how close we are to what the tech specs will be but like with most things Ping, the release to tour is usually a tell-tale sign that you should be seeing these in store, on shelves and ready to pre-order very soon.

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