Rare Tiger Woods Memorabilia Expected to Become First $1 Million Golf Asset in History

Published 10/26/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the first green during the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 13, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods is a renowned global athlete and has unfathomable golfing skills. Moreover, he is also one of the greatest golfers and one of the most famous athletes in the world. He has won 82 PGA Tours and 15 major championships in his career so far. He is also one of five players to have won all four major tournaments in golf. 

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So, naturally, anything associated with him is of extremely high value to golf fanatics, and the same applies to the equipment he uses. And that’s what has happened recently with his old putter estimated to be the first million-dollar golf piece.

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Tiger Woods’ iconic 1998 putter 

Tiger Woods has experimented with his putter on quite a few occasions in his career. However, each time he went back to his original Scotty Cameron, with which he won 14 major championships.

One of his old putters from 1998 is all set to be auctioned. And according to an expert, this could well become the first million-dollar golf piece. 

INZAI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 27: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the 2nd green during the third round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 27, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

According to Ryan Carey, the owner of Golden Age Auctions, this putter is an authentic Tiger Woods putter, which has been used in a few events, including the 1998 U.S. Open.

This is a very specific, late 90s Trillium putter. It’s an iconic early Scotty Cameron putter, said Ryan. It’s the same style Tiger used to win 97 masters. The only putter has used to win a major other than the red dot one that he’s used for 14 of the majors.”

“So Tiger Woods switched this putter sometime after the 97 Masters, where it’s the same style, so he just preferred this one for some reason. Maybe the weights are different or something, but it’s very similar to the one he used to win the 97 masters thatTiger himself still owns, and it’s got this TW stamp on the toe.

“It’s absolutely remarkable that this is an absolute legendary Putter.”  

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Can this putter become the first million-dollar golf piece?

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Meanwhile, a replica of Tiger Woods’ Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter fetched $154,928 at auction on September 2020. However, a curious thing to note is that the putter got this price without seeing a round of PGA Tour. Furthermore, his backup putter was sold at $393,000. Hence, this authentic putter could well become the costliest golf piece.  

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Giving his expert opinion on the event, Ryan said, “The current golf auction record is 682 grand when I sold the first master screen jacket back in 2013. That’s still the record, and 2013 was kind of dark ages for collecting. I mean, it’s moved a long way since then. I guess my question is, is this putter the first million-dollar golf piece? And I think it is.” 

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So what do you think? Will this putter become the first million-dollar piece in the history of golf? Do let us know.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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