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Jim Furyk won $11.35 million with $39 putter

For every golfer who has spent a fortune on equipment and remains a shankopotamus, there's the story of Jim Furyk.

It seems that when he won $11.35 million in the Tour Championship on Sunday, he was using a "Yes! Sophia" putter he picked up for $39 at a discount golf shop. (That's a supersweet $11,349,961 profit.) The Putter Zone describes the "Yes! Sophia" as "a classic 8802-style heel-shafted blade that features Yes! Golf's signature C-Groove face technology, which is designed to impart quicker topspin."

Furky found the putter, which formerly belonged to Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist Paul Szep, in the discount bin at Joe & Leigh's Discount Golf Pro Shop at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton, Mass.

Furyk said he tried a few putters, then went for one with 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 on NBC. "I like it. I guess we were meant to be.''

Now if only he could have found an alarm clock in the discount bin.

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
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Why is this even a story? Just because he plays in the pros he has to use some uber-expensive putter? $39 or $339. He made the putt. Who cares how much it cost.

Posted by: smfoster3 | September 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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