TIGER WOODS’ BACKUP PUTTER SELLS FOR RECORD PRICE
The popularity of golf memorabilia is on the rise, and that was evident in a recent auction held by Golden Age Golf Auctions. Tiger Woods' personal red dot Scotty Cameron backup putter was recently up for sale in their eight-day summer auction, with bidding beginning at $25,000. The final bid came in at $393,300, making it the highest price ever paid for a golf club.
MORE ABOUT THE PUTTER
This record-breaking putter was a Newport II 2002 model, and in fact, was never even used by Woods in a tournament. “The backups are more valuable than the putters he did use in his career,” Ryan Carey, avid golf collector and co-owner of auction house, said to Morning Read. “It has become the modern marquee piece of golf memorabilia. When people look back on this era, the red dot backup putter will be the golden grail of golf. This is Babe Ruth’s bat. This is the Honus Wagner card.”
OTHER GOLF MEMORABILIA SALES
The title of “Most Expensive Piece of Golf Memorabilia Ever” is held by a Horton Smith Masters Tournament Green Jacket that sold for $682,000 in 2013. Coming in second to the jacket, is a Gary Player's 1974 Masters Trophy that was sold at the Golden Age summer auction alongside the Woods putter. The final bidding price was a whopping $523,483.20. Other notable sales from the auction include a 1904 Olympic Games Golf Trophy, which sold for $493,777.20, and Gary Player's South African Open Trophy, which sold for $48,841.20.