YES! Golf is trumpeting the fact that Jim Furyk won his $11.6 million pay cheque on the weekend with a battered, second hand US$39 YES putter.
In a just released statement, YES says they are once again in the winner’s circle but they got there in a rather unique way.
Furyk has confessed his multi million dollar final putt to take The Tour Championship and the FedEX Cup was with a 2nd hand YES! Sophia putter.
He purchased the putter from a local Boston golf retailer, Joe and Leigh’s Discount Golf Shop, during the second tournament of the FedEx Cup series, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Furyk was asked about the putter after his final round on Sunday and he said: “It is a Yes! putter, same putter that Retief won his U.S. Opens with. Not the same putter, but the same company.”
As a Yes putter owner, I just happen to know that Goosen won his US Opens in 2001 and 2004 with the Tracy YES putter (named after his wife).
[I’ll have to remind “my” Tracy about the lofty traditions this weekend and suggest things haven’t really been up to scratch lately. Furyk’s two foot winning putt on Sunday seems to be about as much as she can manage of late.]
When asked if he would use the putter during the Ryder Cup, Furyk responded, “I putted with it in Chicago where I was struggling with the greens because they were slow and I liked it there, and these were very quick and I liked it here. It will go with me. It will be used either way.”
The Sophia putter is a heel-shafted, traditional blade putter made with 304 stainless steel head and a titanium-carbon finish. YES! Golf’s newest version of the Sophia is the Morgan putter, a multi-material head construction for high MOI. The Morgan was named to the 2010 Golf Digest Hot List.
The winner of the Tour Championship bought the 2nd hand Sophia for US $39. He said: “It’s got a nick on the back flange, it’s got a little ding in the top line and the way the grip is on it, it might be slightly off centre but that’s kind of how I like it anyway. I guess we were meant to be, who knows.”
Meant for each other is a huge understatement. Since the switch, he has earned more than US$1.5 million and an additional US$10 million in bonus.
This week, YES! Golf expects to have three putters in play during the Ryder Cup — Sophia, Callie and Mollie.
YES! Golf does not pay tour players to use its putters but they have several players on each tour using the putters.
On the European Tour, YES! averages about 15 putters in play each week and has recorded four wins this year on tour and one on the Nationwide Tour.
YES! putters were also in used at the U.S. Open, U.S Women’s Open, U.S. Senior PGA Championship and the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.
For nearly 10 years, Yes! Golf C-Groove putters, based in Denver, Co., have been used by the winning professional golfer in over 100 tournaments in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa.
“C-Groove technology, multi-material head construction and cutting edge designs continue to help professionals and amateur golfers worldwide reach their highest playing performance. With over 40% of every golfer’s strokes being made on the green, the putter is the most important club in your bag,” the company said.