An old Yes! Sophia putter enjoyed a Cinderella story this week after Jim Furyk plucked it out of a putter bin for $39 and promptly used it to claim the $1.35 million winner’s prize at the Tour Championship and the $10 million bonus as the winner of the 2010 FedEx Cup playoffs.
Jim Furyk’s Putter: Yes! Sophia
Talk about a good return on investment.
The Yes! Sophia is a classic 8802-style heel-shafted blade that features Yes! Golf’s signature C-Groove face technology, which is designed to impart quicker topspin.
Here’s what Furyk said about the putter after his big day: “It was used. It was a used putter. It’s got a nick on the back flange, it’s got a little ding in the top line. I never loft and lied it which is rare for me because I’ve always got my putters on a loft-lie machine at home, and the way the grip is on it, it might be slightly off center but that’s kind of how I like it anyway. I guess we were meant to be, who knows.”
He added, “They had some that were bigger, more like a mallet head that were heel shafted, kind of like Faldo used to putt with in his heyday, but they had lines on them, and I wanted something without a line. I just wanted it as simple as it could be, heel shafted. It was the only one in the shop of about 300 putters. At the time I didn’t think it was all the that pretty to be honest with you, but it’s getting a lot better looking every day.”
At the center of the story is a golf shop called Joe & Leigh’s Discount Golf Pro Shop in Massachusetts, where Furyk found the putter earlier this month while playing at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
You never know who you’ll meet scrounging around the old putter bins at your local golf shop, eh? We wonder if there’s a Joe & Leigh’s customer out there who heard the news and said, “Hey, wait, that’s my putter!”