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    The dawning of greatness...

    Circa 1997 Tiger Woods Match Used Scotty Cameron Putter. He's played every role there is. First he was known for his youth and his race. Then he was simply the most dominant and marketable figure in American sports. Then came the infidelity scandal. Then came the debilitating injuries, and doubts of whether he'd ever find his way back to the PGA Tour. Finally, at Augusta this year, Tiger Woods completed his round trip journey to hell and back, winning the Green Jacket at the midst of a tear-soaked ovation of joy and acceptance. It's one of the greatest displays of the indomitable spirit of true greatness ever delivered to an American sports audience.

    This historic artifact, a key weapon from Tiger Woods' arsenal, finds him at the beginning of his meteoric professional rise, a Scotty Cameron putter used around the time he won his first Major, in his early twenties.

    Remarkably, the putter entered the collectibles marketplace with minimal fanfare, sold at a charity auction by Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed. Woods and Reed were good friends and neighbors at Isleworth, where the frequently knocked the ball around together. Woods gifted the putter to Reed during one of their outings.

    One astute attendee at that charity auction spotted the "Cameron" name on the hosel, and a tiny stamped "T.W." on the toe, realizing that this was the sport's equivalent of the mighty Excalibur, the sword that made a King of Arthur. But he had to make sure.

    He shipped the club to Cameron's workshop and awaited a response, which arrived in the form of a telephone call:

    "Do your realize what you have here?" Cameron asked.

    After confirming that this was, indeed, a putter he had personally crafted for the greatest star of the sport, he implored the owner to sell it back to him so he could put it on display at his namesake museum. The owner politely declined, instead deciding to test the auction process.

    Suffice it to say that Woods financial situation is such that he has no incentive to release match used clubs to the collectibles marketplace, and thus they only arise in unusual situations like this. This is unquestionably the most significant of the small population that has surfaced.

    The putter exhibits fine use and a small dent in the shaft which suggests that an errant putt quickly transformed this club from a sharpshooter to a souvenir. If you only ever buy one Tiger Woods golf club in your life, it would be hard to beat a late 1990's putter. Letter of provenance from Andre Reed. COA from Scotty Cameron. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (letter of provenance).

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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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