Golf can be an expensive game. But the putter that netted Jim Furyk an $11.35 million payday Sunday at the Tour Championship cost him a whopping $39 at a discount golf shop near Boston.
Furyk picked up the used "Yes! Sophia" putter at Joe & Leigh's Discount Golf Pro Shop at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton, Mass., earlier this month. He bought it during a quiet visit to the shop after the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, The Enterprise of Brockton first reported.
That same putter was in Furyk's hands when he made a 2-foot putt for par that clinched the $1.35 million Tour Championship and another $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup.
The putter landed at the discount shop when two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Szep traded it in, The Boston Globe reported. Szep, who worked at the Globe from 1967 to 2001, now lives in Florida and is an avid golfer with a 7 handicap.
"I can't believe it. It's quite amusing,'' said Szep, who watched the final holes of the Tour Championship at a friend's house in Siesta Key, according to the report. "I said, 'Hey, you've got to come see this. There's my putter right there.'
"It's pretty neat. Usually I'm the one who's going to the tour guys and trying to get their clubs, not the other way around.''
Furyk tried out a few putters during his 20-minute visit, then told club professional Mark Petrucci that the one he found had a nick that helped him line up the ball.
"It's got a nick on the back flange, a little ding on the top,'' Furyk said during his post-tournament interview on NBC. "I like it. I guess we were meant to be.''
Furyk will have the putter with him at this weekend's Ryder Cup in Wales, according to the Globe.
"He made the putt and we got excited, and I'm sure people thought we were a little crazy that we were getting so excited over a golf tournament,'' store co-owner Leigh Bader said, according to the Globe. "[Winning $11.35 million], using 'our' putter? We were rooting for him, because he was such a nice guy when he came in. Friendly, humble, unassuming.''