Scotty Cameron's oldest client was on the phone but could barely be heard. That's because Cameron's most famous client was yelling in the background.
"Scotty, we just finished playing a practice round," the caller, Mark O'Meara, said while navigating the streets of Augusta several weeks before the Masters. "Tiger was making everything...."
"Remember, give him the new neck, not the old one!" shouted Woods, who was riding shotgun.
Said O'Meara, "I want you to send me the same exact putter...."
"Don't make one with the flat hosel!" Woods cut in. "Make it with the other hosel!"
"Mark, a half-inch longer?" Cameron asked. "Your usual D-6 swing weight?"
"The new grip," Woods hollered, "not the old one!"
Eventually O'Meara gave up, trusting Cameron to create a hybrid Mark O'Woods model based on O'Meara's specs, but not before squeezing in the crucial question: "Scotty, can you turn it around by next week?"
"Of course," said Cameron, before putting down the phone and returning to the dozens of other emergency orders that he would fill before this year's first major. "That's what this place is for."
This place is the Scotty Cameron Putter Studio, the office, workshop and manufacturing complex—built by Titleist, Cameron's business partner since 1994—that he has occupied for 6� years. Tucked into an industrial park in San Marcos, Calif., about two miles east of Carlsbad, the 8,000-square-foot studio is where Cameron creates hundreds of putters every year for demanding tour pros. Says Cameron, "I can take a call from Sergio Garcia or David Toms, mill heads for them and put together finished products in 13 hours."