Rory McIlroy's Open Championship ball achieves $52,000 at Green Jacket


2015-06-26 13:50:50


Rory McIlroy's Open Championship ball achieves $52,000 at Green Jacket

A fan at the 2014 Open Championships caught Rory McIlroy's tournament winning ball

Rory McIlroy's tournament winning ball from the 2014 Open Championship has sold for $52,038 in an online sale at Green Jacket Auctions that closed on August 11.

The auction house put out an appeal after McIlroy - who added the PGA Championship on Sunday - triumphantly threw the ball into the crowd following his victory at Hoylake, offering $10,000 to the finder.

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"We immediately took to Twitter to tell our loyal followers, as well as several prominent sportswriters, that we had a mission for them: Find. That. Ball," explained Green Jacket.

"We quickly learned about the gentleman who caught the ball, Lee Horner of Leeds, England, and began negotiations to obtain it for our auction.

"This is a ball that will only gain in significance for the next 20, 50, even 100 years. In the collecting world, this is what's called a "dream piece" - something that no one could ever expect would become available for sale."

Lee Horner told ESPN: "When Rory threw the ball, it hit me in the hand and then fell down. There was a kerfuffle, but I managed to get it and hold it in the air and the crowd went crazy."

The lot is now the world's second most valuable golf ball, eclipsed only by a Bobby Jones-signed ball that made $55,865 at Green Jacket in 2011.

We have a selection of golf memorabilia available, including this glove signed by both Tiger Woods and Steve Williams.

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