High-value Tiger Woods memorabilia and collectables have hit the news on more than one occasion in recent months and it has happened yet again.
As reported by the PGA Tour, the Scotty Cameron 'Red Dot' Newport 2 putter is the same design that Woods used to win his first 14 majors before he famously won the 2019 Masters.
Woods signed this putter, believed to be a reserve club in case something went wrong with his actual putter, during a fundraiser in 2005 at the Tiger Woods Learning Centre.
Before it was auctioned this year, it belonged to the same owner who bought it at the fundraiser 17 years ago. The putter has now sold for $328,577.
Another big sale in Tiger Woods memorabilia.— Chris Corbellini (@ChrisCorbellini) September 19, 2022
A Tiger backup putter went for $328,576.80 via Golden Age Auctions last night. This just a few months after the set of irons used by Woods in the Tiger Slam of 2000-01 went for $5m+.
Another Woods backup sold in 2021 for $393,000. pic.twitter.com/7sr21SOdSX
Last month, the irons that the 46-year-old used to win four consecutive majors between 2000 to 2001 sold for a whopping $5.16 million. The set included nine Titleist 681-T irons and two Vokey wedges. One of them was a 58-degree wedge and the other was 60 degrees.
"The golf collecting industry has traditionally lagged behind other sports. But that’s been changing in a big way as collectors race to acquire the best Tiger Woods items," said Ryan Carey, owner of Golden Age Auctions.
"Over the past year, Tiger Woods has become his own collecting category. Collectors are starting to treat him and collect him like other GOATs - Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Mickey Mantle."
The auction showed the current popularity of Woods-linked memorabilia to a further extent when another Scotty Cameron putter sold for $86,525 and a wedge used by the 82-time PGA Tour winner sold for $39,816.
Golf fans were excited by recent footage of the icon hitting a couple of shots on the driving range at the Nexus Cup, an event for amateur golfers that he hosts in New York.