Tiger Woods’ back-up putter from 2002 sells at auction for record £286,000

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Tiger Woods’ back-up putter from the 2002 season has sold for an eye-watering £286,000 at auction, which is believed to make it the most expensive golf club of all time.

Golden Age Auctions confirmed that the 2002 Scotty Cameron Newport II used by Woods as a back-up sold for a record price, after the auction closed on Sunday.

Woods – who is renowned for putting with the model – would receive two to three back up putters per season from Scotty Cameron, that he used to either test or practice with throughout the PGA Tour campaign. 

Co-owner of Golden Age Golf Auctions Ryan Carey, believes that there are only seven red dot back-up putters in the world, and whilst the 15-time major champion was thought to have never used this specific club in competition, it had been handled and used by the joint most successful PGA Tour golfer of all time.

Ahead of the listing the auction company gave a brief backstory of the famous club in the item description, revealing that it had spent the last 18-years in the Far East, the Middle East and Europe before arriving at the Golden Age Auction warehouse two days before the auction start date.

This is not the first time the auction house has sold one of the golfing greats back-up putters, after Woods’ secondary Scotty Cameron from 2001 sold last September for another huge sum of £113,000.

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Despite the hefty price, the American’s putter was not the biggest golf memorabilia sale at the auction after Gary Player’s 1974 Masters trophy sold for a whopping £380,000. 

This is reportedly the second highest price paid golfing memorabilia overall, after Horton Smith’s Masters green jacket sold for £495,000 in 2013.

The 82-time PGA Tour winner has not been seen competitively on the golf course since the 2020 Masters in November last year, following a number of back problems and a horrific car accident in February this year.

Woods was involved in the crash in Los Angeles after he was in the area to host the annual Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club the day before.

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As a result, the 2019 Masters champion suffered severe injuries to his right leg and was required to undergo extensive surgery to repair the damage.

Fans of the golfing great were given a huge boost last month, as Woods was pictured applying weight to his surgically-affected leg outside of a Beverly Hills hotel in a rare recent public appearance

Despite this it is unknown when Woods is set to return to the golf course after a source close to the American revealed he has not played the sport since his accident in February. 

Woods is set to return publically later on this year after recently revealing that he will be hosting the returning Hero World Challenge in November, however it is still unknown as to whether the 45-year-old will play in the event.

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