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Arnold Palmer's grandson Sam Saunders using The King's old putter to play himself in contention at The Greenbrier

July 08, 2018

As Sam Saunders searched for his first PGA Tour win on Sunday at The Greenbrier, he used a putter that has some special meaning to him.

Saunders, who is Arnold Palmer's grandson, gamed the same putter that his grandfather used during his final Masters Tournament in 2004, an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball. Saunders had an up-close view of that putter during that Masters, as he caddied for his grandfather.

Saunders started the final round at Old White TPC two strokes off the lead of Kelly Kraft and Harold Varner III, and ended up recording his best finish of the season (T-5). Backing up rounds of 68-63-67, Saunders fired a final round of 70 with the putter, which he told reporters at The Greenbrier that he has used before—both when he started his career and in junior tournaments.

“It’s a great putter and he did tell me it’s one he wanted me to use so hopefully it’s got some good luck in it,” Saunders said.

Here are photos of the flatstick, courtesy of the PGA Tour's Jonathan Wall:

And another angle of the putter. Callaway reps told our Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson that the red sole on the 2-Ball was a feature made exclusively for Palmer while he was on staff with the company:

Here's a photo of Arnie using the putter at the 2004 Masters, with Saunders on the bag:

Andrew Redington