THE FIRST OF MANY

The 2018 Masters Tour­na­ment marks the 25th an­niver­sary of a sig­nif­i­cant event in golf equip­ment his­tory and the emer­gence of one of the big­gest names in the mod­ern game.

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This year’s Masters marks the 25th an­niver­sary of a sig­nif­i­cant event in golf equip­ment his­tory and the emer­gence of one of the big­gest names in the mod­ern game.

On April 11, 1993, Bern­hard Langer, some­what for­tu­itously dressed in green pants and a yel­low shirt, won his sec­ond green jacket and the first ma­jor ti­tle with a put­ter bear­ing Scotty Cameron’s name.

The now ul­tra-fa­mous put­ter maker had pre­vi­ously made put­ters for nu­mer­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers be­fore set­ting out on his own and cre­at­ing ‘Cameron Golf In­ter­na­tional’ in 1992, and Langer’s win with his ‘Clas­sic 1’ model at Au­gusta Na­tional be­gan his as­cent to the top of his craft. One that has seen Scotty Cameron put­ters, which be­came part of the Acush­net Com­pany and Titleist in 1994, earn an im­pres­sive 35 more ma­jor ti­tles since.

Of those ma­jor wins, 14 be­long to Tiger Woods, who will be cel­e­brat­ing a put­ter-based mile­stone of his own at Au­gusta this year, where Woods will make his first ap­pear­ance in Ge­or­gia since 2015 and will use his own his­toric Scotty Cameron put­ter at Au­gusta for the first time since 2010.

Tiger’s New­port 2 is re­spon­si­ble for 13 of his ma­jor wins, his 1997 Masters ti­tle com­ing cour­tesy of a Cameron Teryl­lium TeI3 New­port, and has played an im­por­tant role in Cameron’s own suc­cess.

Af­ter first go­ing in the bag in 1999, Woods swapped the put­ter out for another model for the first time at the 2010 Open Cham­pi­onship, with spec­u­la­tion that Nike’s de­ci­sion to stand by him dur­ing his scan­dal in­flu­enced his move to use a num­ber of the com­pany’s put­ters on a full-time ba­sis start­ing in 2011.

The ar­guably most suc­cess­ful club in the his­tory of golf made its re­turn at the 2016 Hero World Chal­lenge.

“The day that we (Nike) were no longer a part of the hard goods side,” Woods said af­ter be­ing asked when the Cameron put­ter went back in the bag.

Cameron will un­doubt­edly check in with Woods and his fa­mous flat­stick on the grounds of Au­gusta Na­tional this year, and will per­haps do like­wise with Langer to rem­i­nisce about the pair’s sil­ver an­niver­sary.

The Ger­man is set to tee it up in the tour­na­ment for the 35th time. Af­ter em­ploy­ing a unique putting grip to wield the Cameron to vic­tory in 1993, hav­ing al­ready be­gun his ca­reer-long bat­tle with the yips, Langer has proven in re­cent times he can still cre­ate head­lines with his putting, which will cer­tainly be the case if the 60-year-old winds back the clock at Au­gusta this year.

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