With Nike out of the equipment business, Tiger Woods has been able to put his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS – the putter employed in 13 of his 14 Major championship victories – back into use. A move that’s paid dividends, with the 42-year-old ranking 11th in strokes gained: putting in his latest comeback venture.

As for one of Woods’ backups? That, too, could soon find its way onto the course.

Woods’ replacement putters have bounced around auction houses and eBay the past few years, the last sold in the autumn of 2015 for $37,000 ($US29,000). Another replica flat stick found its way onto the market this spring, and went for a decidedly higher figure.

Chalk it up to the return of Tiger-mania or a simple indulgence of the finer things in life, but Woods’ 2001 Cameron substitute went for a whopping $56,000 ($US44,000).

According to Green Jacket Auctions, “This putter comes with a certificate of authenticity from Scotty Cameron, who describes it as follows ‘Made for Tiger Woods, GSS Newport II with rare vertical stamping & sight dot.’ The putter also comes with a 2nd letter from 2003 on Scotty Cameron’s own letterhead, which also states ‘This putter was made as a backup for Tiger Woods.'”

The putter’s likely headed for a trophy case, which is a bummer. After all, uncovering that bad boy on the first green would be a heck of a power move.