Arron Oberholser: Present and Futura ChampionTwo champions, two weeks in-a-row rely on Scotty Cameron putters to lead the field in putts per round en route to their first career PGA TOUR wins.
It turns out these days that you can putt for show, too. No one would argue with that looking back on Arron Oberholser's convincing victory at the recent AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on the famed Monterey peninsula. Not only did he match a tournament record with his five-shot margin of victory, but he also led the field in total putts (103) and one-putts (39). That's quite a show.
Relying on his trusty Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura putter, Oberholser posted the lowest putts per round during the tournament, making this the second week in a row that a Scotty Cameron putter was used by the player who led that category and eventually triumphed to his first PGA Tour victory. At the FBR Open in Scottsdale the previous week, J.B. Holmes relied upon his Circa ’62 No. 5 en route to a commanding seven-stroke victory for the first win of his young career.
Making Oberholser’s first official PGA Tour win even sweeter was the fact that he did it in front of his friends and family. The native Californian played many rounds at Pebble Beach in high school and as a collegian at San Jose State. Taking that walk up the 18th fairway to an assured first PGA Tour victory was the "thrill of a lifetime" and made the win all the more special. His “local knowledge” and familiarity with the notoriously tough greens, pin placements, and weather contributed to his confidence as he was able to grind it out for a convincing win. Having confidence in his putter didn’t hurt either.
Arron has played Scotty Cameron putters for several years. Early in his career he favored the Newport 2 SSS model. He came to use a Futura by chance and circumstance, but after making the switch in late 2004 he never looked back.
While in Korea preparing for the Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, his Newport 2 SSS was damaged. As a loyal Titleist player without his trusty gamer or a backup, Arron was in a pinch. Fellow Titleist staff player Tom Pernice, Jr. loaned Arron his backup Futura. Arron tried the Futura with its modern lines and larger head and got into a groove. In fact, you could say he fell in love with it. Four rounds later he won the tournament by two strokes, collecting the $1 million winner’s purse and a new putter in the process. Or, so he thought.
While happy for Arron following the Korean victory but more interested in getting his backup putter back, Pernice tossed the loaner back into his own bag and suggested that Arron talk to Scotty about getting his own Futura. Convinced by his performance with the Futura, Arron came by the Putter Studio and worked with Scotty on building a Futura of his own. In fact, Scotty thought it might be a good idea if Arron had a backup to his the gamer, so he sent Arron off with a few—just in case.
Arron continues to trust the Futura and just over a year after his win in Asia he finished atop the leaderboard at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, becoming the fourth player to win with the Futura on the PGA Tour since its introduction.
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