The iron set that Tiger Woods used to win four majors in a row from 2000 to 2001 was sold at auction for a record $5.1 million.
The title-set 681-T Ironman helped Woods win the last three major championships of 2000 and the Masters in 2001, a feat known as the “Tiger Slam.” The iron set was auctioned off by the specialty golf auction house Golden Age Auctions.
“Good morning everyone, especially Tiger Woods,” the auction house tweeted Sunday morning.
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Todd Brock, bought the iron set from former VP of Player Shows Steve Mata for $57,242 in 2010, after a hiatus in Woods’ life and economy in 2008. Brock appeared on Fox Business this month and was asked by host Stuart Varney if items could arrive to a million dollars.
“I think it was worth a million when I bought it 12 years ago,” Brooke said. “Tiger’s legacy will live on forever, and they are already the highest-grossing golf memorabilia in the history of golf memorabilia.”
By the time the clubs sold out in 2010, Woods told reporters they were “in his garage”. However, Matta submitted for a lie detector test to prove that the iron was genuine, and Brock reportedly did his own research, comparing images that made him believe they were real.
The auction house has also presented additional evidence it says validates the clubs, including a 2000 Golfweek article matching the clubs’ specifications and an advertisement by former Titleist manager Rick Nelson verifying the clubs “and confirming [the] exchange clubs.”
Golden Age Auctions said it also matches the photos with the iron.
TIGER WOODS Iron can be used to win 4 Masters spoons directly at $1 Million on the auction block
The record sale comes amid a burgeoning market for sports memorabilia, specifically trading cards. Woods’ trading card sold in April 2021 for $369,000, the highest price paid for any golf card at the time, Goldin told Fox Business last week.
Brock said he is a huge fan of Woods, who has been competing in his first Masters since suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash in February 2021.
“I’ve owned them for 12 years now, and I’ve never told anyone I owned them. They were in a really nice frame in my office, and I’m not invested in memorabilia, so no one was seeing the irons,” Brooke said, via ESPN. “I’ve had the chance to see these for 12 years, and it’s like Rembrandt, someone takes them to their castle and never to be seen again. I was glad I was able to hang out with them and look at them, but it’s time for someone else to do something bigger and better with them.”
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Woods is tied for 41st in the Masters after scoring 78 on Saturday, his worst championship result of his career.