Not only does Sandy boast a Green Jacket, he can also claim to be a 2 time World Hickory Open Champion for the years 2014 & 2016 respectively.
As Sandy returned to Augusta National in April 2015, he planned to take his hickories with him. He notably used his Star OA hickory full set in a Practice round around the historic venue which caught the eye of none other than Tiger Woods who was asking Sandy twice where he got them.
Even with a par on the first and 18th he was disappointed not to break 80. Having said that, I think he was a little harsh on himself as this was after a 5 hour drive, off the back tees and at a windy Augusta!
Not only in the practice round but Sandy sported his Hickory Flatstick for the actual tournament. He hadn't been putting well before the tournament and was encouraged by his wife, Jolande, to stick the hickory putter in the bag seeing as he was putting so well with it in practice.
Designed by the infamous Bobby Jones, a legend of the hickory game, it was fitting to see a bit of functional history return to Golf's Mecca!