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April 06, 2011

Scotty Cameron 2011 Masters commemorative putter headcover

Posted at 8:44 AM by David Dusek

Each year at the majors, Titleist's putter guru, Scotty Cameron, designs a special putter headcover. Take a look at his handiwork for the 2010 Masters, 2010 U.S. Open and the 2010 British Open.

The commemorative putter headcover shown below celebrates the Masters and will be available to Club Cameron members for $116 starting very soon. A representitive for Scotty Cameron couldn't confirm an exact time, but said it would likely appear in the next 24 hours.



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March 31, 2011

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's golf equipment

Posted at 10:55 AM by David Dusek

President Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't start playing golf until he was in his 30s, but he fell hard for the game. During his eight years in office he played more than 800 rounds. Over his lifetime Ike's handicap very between 14 and 18, and he broke 80 on a handful of occasions. When it came to equipment, the President was a Spalding man, in deference to his good friend Bobby Jones, says Art Kennel, a former superintendent of Gettysburg (Pa.) Country Club, where Ike was a member. Kennel became Ike's personal Gettysburg caddie from 1955 to '66. Upon his death in 1969 Eisenhower left two sets of clubs to Kennel. The set pictured below dates from the '50s and is one that Kennel gifted Ike's golf buddy Arnold Palmer, who loaned the clubs to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

DRIVER: Spalding Model 15. According to Kennell, when Ike was in his prime, he could hit his driver 250 to 260 yards.

FAIRWAY WOODS: Spalding Model 15. "Ike liked all of the fairway woods," Kennell says. "But the 4-wood was his favorite club. A lot of times he teed off with it."

IRONS: Spalding Robt. T. Jones Executive. Ike would carry as many as 18 clubs, as long as they said BOBBY JONES. "Once, a new set came," Kennell says. "I said, 'Ike, these don't say BOBBY JONES on 'em.' He said, 'Pet 'em back then. I'll play with the old ones.'"

10-IRON: Ike's 10-iron was the equivalent of a pitching wedge. His clubs always had GENERAL IKE or five stars or both engraved on them.

Ikes 10 Irons

PUTTER: "That putter was a 'personal' gift from Arnold," Kennell says, "but the Bulls Eye was Ike's favorite."

Ikes Putter

BALLS: Spalding Dot. In 1968 at El Dorado Country club in Palm Desert, Calif., Ike accomplished a longtime dream—a hole in one. He sent the ball to Spalding president Edwin Parker as a thank you.

Ikes Golf Balls
HEAD COVERS: "When Ike went to Augusta after Arnold's Masters win in 1960," Kennell says, "they gave him head covers with the club's logo and his name on them."

Ikes Headcovers

GLOVE: Ike wore a red glove to match his unbrella.

  Ikes golf glove

GAUZE: "Ike had very big hands," says Kennell, "and he used tape to build up his grips."

  Ikes gauze

CART: "When he was in office, Ike used a motorized cart to play fast, in two or three hours. But later he usually walked. Still, he always had a cart that he would let guests or Secret Service agents ride in.

Ikes golf cart

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(Photos by Fred Vuich/SI)


June 14, 2010

Augusta National Says Charity Jacket is Not Real

Posted at 2:07 PM by David Dusek

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif — I received an e-mail this morning from Augusta National Golf Club that pointed out subtle difference in the Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned for charity and the famous jackets presented to winners of the tournament.

"You'll notice the jacket for auction has a replica Masters logo on the left breast. Green Jackets carry the Augusta National map/flag logo with no text (left in photo). The auction photo also shows an unauthentic button. Green Jackets have gold buttons with the map/flag logo (also no text)."

Masters Jackets

The folks at Augusta National also likely reached out to, the company conducting the auction, to inform them of the irregularities in the jacket. The item is no longer listed among the items available on the company's Web site.

The business of sports memorabilia is tricky, and it seems that this is another case of something simply being too good to be true.

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(Photos: Fred Vuich/SI, left);, right)
June 11, 2010

Masters jacket signed by Phil Mickelson being auctioned

Posted at 4:31 PM by David Dusek

**Update, June 14: Augusta National says this jacket is not real**

Sportswear comes in all shapes, styles and colors, but the green jackets worn by the members of Augusta National Golf Club—as well as Masters champions—are the most coveted by golfers. Only the greatest players in the history of the game have earned one, but now, one can be yours if the you've got the cash.

An online auction going on now through next Wednesday afternoon at—a site that runs fund-raising auctions for charities—features a Masters jacket that has been autographed by three-time winner Phil Mickelson.


According to the Web site, the money raised in the auction will go to the Music for America Project. As of Friday afternoon, the highest bid for the jacket was $1050.

Among the other items available as part of the site's Dads & Grads Auction are two badges for the Monday and Tuesday sessions at the 2011 Masters (including lodging); dinner with Joe Montana at his home; and two VIP tickets to the next Victoria's Secret fashion show, including backstage passes and invites to the after party. Are any dads or recent grads actually worthy of this stuff?

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May 04, 2010

Tiger Confirms eBay Irons are NOT His

Posted at 12:59 PM by David Dusek

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The original asking price of the Titleist irons currently for sale on eBay that were supposedly used by Tiger Woods in 2000-2001 was $250,000. After what Tiger Woods said in his press conference Tuesday, don't be surprised to see that price drop considerably.

"He may have my set of irons, but they are not from those tournaments," Woods said. "They are in my garage."

Woods said that he didn't know where the clubs that are for sale came from, but, "The sets that I won all four major championships with are in my house."

Woods later clarified his comment by saying that he changes iron sets every nine months, and that he has both sets of Titleist irons he used to win the 'Tiger Slam.'

May 03, 2010

Nike rep says 'Tiger Slam' irons on eBay are fakes

Posted at 5:08 PM by David Dusek

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Before getting on a plane this morning and flying from New York to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Players Championship, I bought a Mega Millions ticket. The grand prize is up to $266 million, and if I my numbers hits, I'm going to quite my job (sorry boss) and buy a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California like the one Ferris Bueller wrecked.

But even if I won all that money, there is no way I would place bid on the Titleist 681 Forged irons currently available on eBay which Tiger Woods supposedly used to win his Tiger Slam in 2000-2001.


The seller, aphotoshop1, says Woods gave him the clubs and that they are still in their original condition. Each club (2-PW, plus a 56 and 60 Vokey Wedge) has a True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord grips. He is starting the bidding at $250,000.

Here's why I seriously doubt they are authentic:

1. Tiger Woods has an endorsement relationship with Upper Deck. On Woods' Web site, he Upper Deck logo appears as one of his sponsors, and he is listed as one of the company's official autograph signers. On Upper Deck's Web site you can buy Woods-autographed prints, golf flag and golf shoes. During last season's U.S. Open at Bethpage, Upper Deck sold the Nike Golf shirts worn by Woods during the first four rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

True, the clubs are not autographed, but why would Tiger Woods risk angering a sponsor and allow a company or person other than Upper Deck—which supported Woods throughout his recent sex scandal—to make money selling his memorabilia?

2. Players save clubs. Many Tour pros like to collect clubs, golf bags and other things they use over the years. Paul Casey recently told me that he's saved every set of irons he's used as a professional and has them in boxes at his home. Other guys have told me they collect putter headcovers.

While I'm sure that Tiger has given friends and associates golf-related gifts and mementos over the years, it's hard to believe that he'd part with THAT set of irons.

I asked an official from Nike if he thought the irons on eBay might be authentic, he laughed out loud. "No way," he said. When asked if he knew where the Titleist irons Woods used in 2000 might be, he said, "No, but I can tell you those aren't them."

Hey, is it possible that the irons for sale on eBay are actually Woods' old clubs? It's possible. I tried to ask Tiger today after his practice round but he walked away from the reporters on the ninth green and walked to the back practice range at TPC Sawgrass after his practice round with Jay Haas and Rod Pampling.

It's also possible that I'll hit the Mega Millions jackpot too.

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June 17, 2009

Scotty Cameron 2009 U.S. Open Commemorative Headcover Hits Bethpage

Posted at 8:40 AM by David Dusek

Scotty-Cameron-USOpen-Headcover1 FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- As he has done for previous major championships, Scotty Cameron, Titleist's putter designer, has created a commemorative headcover for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage.

Inspired by World War II fighter planes, the silver headcover has the snarling teeth of a Spitfire, Cameron's Red Circle T logo on one side and a classic pinup girl on the other.

The limited-edition headcover will go on sale Wednesday at for $72.Scotty-Cameron-USOpen-Headcover2

June 15, 2009

Autographed Tiger Woods' 2008 U.S. Open shirts for sale

Posted at 4:34 PM by David Dusek

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- If you still haven't found that perfect something to get your Dad for Father's Day, the folks at Upper Deck have an idea for you. For the first time, the sports memorabilia company is offering the actual golf shirts worn by Tiger Woods during the first three rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

But unless you are someone who's recently said, "What recession?" you might want to avert your eyes before you read the last sentence from this media release:

In addition to being autographed, each of the three shirts was hand-inscribed by Woods with “2008 U.S. Open” and the corresponding round in which he wore it. Paired with the second- and third-ranked players in the world – Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, respectively – Woods opened with a 1-over-par 72 on the tough Torrey Pines course. In the second round, Woods shot a 3-under 68 with birdies on four of the first five holes. During Saturday’s third round, Woods made two incredible eagles on 13 and 18. The first-, second-, and third-round shirts will be listed for sale at $30,000, $40,000, and $50,000, respectively. 

The shirts will be available starting Tuesday, June 16, at Below is a video of Woods as he signed each shirt.

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