A Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter that may or may not have ever been touched by Tiger Woods, has sold for $393,000.
A online auction ended this weekend and the putter brought the highest amount ever paid for a golf club of any sort.
The putter was never used by Woods in competition. Cameron, in his California studio, used to produce one or two “backups” for Woods — just in case.
But the putter wasn’t the most expensive item in the memorabilia auction. A replica Masters trophy went for $523,483.20. The Trophy was inscribed “Gary Player 1974” but the replicas weren’t given out to winners until 1993 meaning at some point, Player may have had one made for him and somehow, this one made it to the auction.
At Age 20, Rasmus Hojgaard Wins His Third European Tour Event:
A stunning turn of events on the 18th hole of the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club Sunday handed 20-year-old Rasmus Hojgaard a victory at the Omega European Masters.
Hojgaard finished his final round well ahead of the final group that included leader Bernd Wiesberger of Germany. Hojgaard holed a nine-foot birdie putt for a closing 63 and posted a 13-under par total that gave him the clubhouse lead.
He waited nervously until Wiesberger arrived at 18 where he hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker on the right side of the hole. Wiesberger’s lie in the bunker was good but he caught his second shot fat and his ball came up short and into a pond guarding the front right of the green. Wiesberger ended up with a double-bogey and went from leading the tournament at 14-under par, to finishing second to Hojgaard at 12-under.
“I’m very proud. It’s very special. It’s an amazing place and I can’t wait to come back again,” said an overjoyed Hojgaard. “At the moment it’s a bit surreal. I didn’t expect to be in this position but it’s amazing. I knew I had to make a birdie (at the 18th) to have a chance to maybe get in the play-off, so we were just trying to set up a chance. And I made a birdie and then we had a bit of a strange ending. It was crazy. That’s by far the most nervous I’ve been the whole day (over the putt at the 18th). But it’s so nice to have the crowds back to cheer you on. That was a great moment.”
Henrik Stenson closed with a 63 and finished third at 11-under par.
U.S. Wins Curtis Cup With Singles Romp:
The United States women had a strong Saturday and walked away with the 41st Curtis cup, defeating Great Britain and Ireland — 121/2 to 71/2.
The matches were held in Wales at the Conwy Club. The matches were tied at 6-6 heading into the singles finale where the U.S. won six matches and tied one.
It was the first win on foreign soil for the U.S. team since 2008 at St. Andrews — but with a dominating 30-8-3 record in the competition, perhaps it’s time for the R&A to field its team to include all of Europe rather than just the U.K.