Darren Clarke's winning putter to get a makeover
SANDWICH, England -- Last May, Darren Clarke used an 11-year-old Scotty Cameron for Titleist Teryllium Santa Fe putter to win the Iberdrola Open Golf Championship in Son Servera, Spain. It was the Northern Irishman's first win since 2008. Clarke brought the putter to Royal St. George's this week so Titleist representatives could send it to Cameron's studio in San Marcos, Calif., to be restored. Rust will be removed and the club will be repainted and bent back to its original specifications.
While Clarke continued to use the putter for a while after his win in Spain, he now plans to retire the Santa Fe to his home trophy case, according to the Titleist reps. He’s now using a black-finished Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport prototype putter.
Clarke says that Scotty Cameron gave him the Santa Fe putter at 4 p.m. on the Monday of the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He loved it from the start and stayed on the practice green until 8 p.m. that night, and he went on to tie for second that week.
Clarke continued to use the putter after that Open, but eventually the love affair cooled and he put it in the closest. It stayed there until Clarke brought it out in the days leading up to this year’s win in Spain.
The putter is especially unique because it is one of the first Cameron putters made with a Teryllium insert. The copper-colored alloy is extremely soft and extremely expensive. The Teryllium insert Cameron subsequently used is set in an elastomer membrane to dampen vibration. But in Clarke’s putter, the insert is set directly into the head and held in place by four small screws. You can see them in the photo below, set among the white dots in the back of the putter. (The screws would normally be covered by white dots as well.) On early Cameron putters like this, the number of white dots matched Cameron's age when the club was made, in this case, 32.
If you want to see what Clarke's putter will look like when the restoration is complete, click here.