Lot # 4: Tiger Woods Scotty Cameron Backup Putter from 2001

Category: Player Used

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2018 Auction",
which ran from 3/22/2018 3:00 PM to
4/7/2018 8:00 PM

There are only a handful of pieces of sports memorabilia that we can be relatively certain will be collected for centuries - Babe Ruth's bat; Muhammad Ali's gloves; Michael Jordan's jerseys. When it comes to golf, there's one such item that we would add to the list - Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter.

Offered here is one of Tiger Woods' actual Scotty Cameron putters from 2001. Now, this was not the putter that Tiger used to win 13 Major Championships; that putter is still owned by Tiger and is easily worth well over $1,000,000. The offered putter is what's famously known as a Tiger Woods "back-up" - a putter produced for Tiger to practice with and experiment with should he decide to switch putters, or should something happen to the original putter and a backup needed to be called into duty. According to Scotty Cameron, he only produced 1 or 2 "back-up" putters for Tiger each year they worked together. Tiger would try out the back-ups, and even practice with them to ensure they were to his liking, but (so the legend goes) Tiger only used his one trusty gamer in actual tournament play.

As you can imagine, since only a small handful of Tiger Woods Scotty Cameron back-up putters were ever produced, even fewer have ever reached the collector market. Surely any Tiger Woods putter is highly valuable, but offered here is a true putter of Tiger's from 2001 - when Tiger was at his peak. As far as we know, the most recent early 2000s Tiger Woods backup putter to reach the collector market sold for $60,000 to a collector in Japan in 2015.  

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."