Tiger Woods Backup Putter Sells For $44K

One of Tiger Woods' backup Scotty Cameron putters has sold at auction for over $44,000

Tiger Woods Backup Putter

One of Tiger Woods' backup Scotty Cameron putters has sold at auction for over $44,000

Tiger Woods Backup Putter Sells For $44K

Tiger Woods is certainly not a gear tinkerer and has pretty much used the same putter for almost 20 years.

The 14-time major winner uses a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS with red paint filling and his name printed on the back and his initials stamped on the face. The GSS stands for German Stainless Steel.

That is the flat stick he used in 13 of his 14 major championship victories after putting it in the back in 1999.

Woods' putter seen on Tour

Woods apparently would get a couple of backup putters made each year during his time working with Titleist's master craftsman Scotty Cameron. He would try them out to see if they were to his liking.

Although he would only ever use the original one during competition.

One lucky (and rich) bidder is now an owner of one of Woods' backup Scottys from 2001 after buying it for $44,401.20 on greenjacketauctions.com (opens in new tab).

And this is a special one considering that Woods won the Masters in 2001 to complete the Tiger Slam after winning four majors in a row.

The putter comes with a headcover, an official certificate and a hand-written letter from Scotty Cameron.

Image: Green Jacket Auctions

One of Woods' backup putters sold for $60,000 in Japan in 2015. Green Jacket auctions guess that Woods' main putter, which he still uses to this day (opens in new tab), is worth over $1m.

Tiger said in 2016 that not even his son is allowed to touch his beloved Scotty, “Charlie knows there are two putters he can't touch.

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“There's the black one I won with the Teryllium insert. I won the Masters in ’97 with it and this Scotty Cameron. They sit next to each other. Touch any other putter, do anything you want with any other putter. But these putters are off limits."

Interestingly, Rickie Fowler currently uses a model nearly identical to Woods after selecting one of his backups on a trip to Scotty Cameron's HQ.

Image: Green Jacket Auctions

Fowler got his name stamped into it and put it into play in late 2014 - he still uses it now.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x