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A pair of Tiger’s putters sell for over $200k – each!

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Last week, we reported on the sale at auction of Tiger Woods’ ‘rejected’ ball from his 1997 Masters romp.

The ball, sold for over $64,000, was just one of several lots available during Golden Age Auctions’ special ‘Masters week’ auction, a sale that also included a couple of putters owned by the 15-time major champion.

Whilst not reaching the levels of the $390k-plus paid for his 2002 Scotty Cameron Newport II sold in August 2021, both flat sticks passed the substantial $200,000 barrier when the gavel finally struck.

Lot #1 – a back-up Scotty Cameron ‘Cherry Bomb’ was listed with the description:

“Accompanying this putter is a March 2000 letter from Scotty Cameron himself. In the letter, Scotty Cameron states that this putter “is one of only 5 putters at this time made to the exact specifications that Tiger and I agreed upon.” Tiger himself had at least one of those 5 putters, his legendary gamer which at the time of this March 2000 letter Tiger had used to win the 1999 PGA Championship. Offered in this auction is one of the other 4 copies of that “Original 5”.   

After 52 bids, the putter was sold for $201,250.80.

Lot #2 was advertised as “perhaps the most talked about Tiger Woods putter on the planet outside of Tiger’s own legendary red dot gamer.”

Golden Age state, “The offered circa 1997-1998 Scotty Cameron Newport heel-stamped TeI3 Teryllium putter with T.W. stamped on the toe was personally owned and used by Tiger Woods. Tiger gave this putter to his friend and then-Isleworth neighbor NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed, who attests to the fact that Tiger used this putter and personally gave it to him. Reed kept the putter for many years before auctioning it to benefit the Andre Reed Foundation.”

More than just a back-up, the organization had more than a letter provenance, telling potential bidders that Tiger may well have used this actual putter during his two wins of the 1998 season.

“In addition to the Certificate of Authenticity from Scotty Cameron, and the Letter of Provenance from Andre Reed, this putter also comes with a detailed letter of analysis from John Taube, who believes this putter was used on the PGA Tour in 1998 and potentially in Tiger’s hand during the 1998 US Open week.”

Again starting a $500, 30 bids later, the lot sold for $221,376.00.

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‘That looks brutal’ – First photo of Tiger Woods’ leg without sleeve shows depth of injury

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It’s been a struggle of late for Tiger Woods on the golf course. The 15-time major champion has only teed it up five times in 2024, finishing 60th in The Masters and missing the cut in the other three majors. He also played in the Genesis Invitational and was forced to withdraw.

Woods has many ailments, but none as debilitating as his surgically repaired leg. Since his car accident three years ago, the 48-year-old has rarely been seen without wearing a leg sleeve. However, on Monday, a fan was able to take a photograph of Woods’ leg without the sleeve.

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The photo was taken at an event Tiger’s son, Charlie, was playing in by “blakebunkersgolf” on Instagram, and one of the top responses on X towards the photo was simply “That looks brutal.”

Woods has struggled with the lack of reps on the course but hasn’t given any indication as to whether his schedule will look any different come 2025.

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John Daly says this is the best golf course in Scotland…and it’s not St. Andrews

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John Daly withdrew at last week’s Open Championship with a knee injury, but the 58-year-old was back on the links this week showcasing one of the most famous golf courses in the world for his fans.

While at Trump Turnberry, John Daly recorded a video of the 18th green.

In the video, the 1995 Open Champion shared his opinion that Turnberry is the best golf course in Scotland, even better than St. Andrews.

“Hey everybody, John Daly here. I’m at Trump Turnberry today. I went out and tried to play a little bit. This place is amazing. It is the best golf course in Scotland, I think. St. Andrews is my baby, but I think I just found my new baby. I’m at the 18th green right here, this thing is unreal.”

Turnberry hosted its first Open Championship in 1977, which was dubbed “The Duel in the Sun” when Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by a single stroke. The most recent Open the course hosted was 2009, where Watson almost won again, but lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff.

The course is not slated to host any Open Championships in the foreseeable future.

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Popular former champ reveals why the 2025 Open Championship may be his last

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The Open Championship did not disappoint, as both Royal Troon and Xander Schauffele starred in the 152nd edition of the event, with the now two-time major champion pulling away on the back nine.

The Open is a tournament that hosts so many legends of the game, including past champions such as Darren Clarke. After the tournament, Clarke told the Belfast Telegraph that next year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush may be his last.

“Yes, I made the cut here [at Royal Troon], and if I make the cut in Portrush, it will be great and all that sort of stuff, but I’ve got my name on the Jug, and I have my name on the Senior Jug, and I would feel bad taking the spot away from a young kid.

“I was a young kid once, so to take a spot away from a young kid who may fulfil his dream of playing the Championship, sure, I’ve done mine. I don’t know what I will do.”

Clarke fared well at Royal Troon, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 75th.

The Irishman is 55 years of age and is exempt in The Open until age 60 as a result of his 2011 win at Royal St. George’s.

“Royal Portrush, as we all know, is very special,” he added. “The guys all loved it the last time we were there.

“But I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. I’m 55 now, and I’ll be 56 next year for the Open at Portrush and it may be my last one and thank you very much, that’s enough for me and I can give some young kid an opportunity that I had whenever I was starting off.

“We’ll see, but I am certainly looking forward to being back in Portrush.”

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