NASSAU, Bahamas – As he makes his first competitive start in nearly 16 months, there are plenty of aspects to Tiger Woods’ bag that may elicit a double take: new TaylorMade woods, a Bridgestone ball and a flashy new sponsor on the bag.
But one weapon is a blast from the past, and it featured prominently during Woods’ second-round 65 that vaulted him up the leaderboard: the Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter with which he won 13 of his 14 majors.
The impetus for those equipment changes came in August when Nike announced it would be exiting the golf equipment space. While he’s still tinkering with some of the other parts of his bag, Woods explained Friday that the switch back to his trusty Scotty didn’t exactly require much deliberation.
“The day that we (Nike) were no longer a part of the hard goods side,” Woods said when asked when he put his old putter back into play.
Woods had previously been using a Nike Method putter, but now it appears that the tried-and-true Scotty Cameron is back to stay, as it’s one of two putters that are off-limits at home for Woods’ son, Charlie.
“They sit next to each other,” Woods said Tuesday. “Touch any putter, do anything you want with any other putter. These putters are off-limits. These two … only Daddy.”