Arnold Palmer's 1964 Masters-winning putter up for auction
A putter used by golfing legend Arnold Palmer to win the 1964 Masters Tournament is now up for sale at Green Jacket Auctions.
The putter has been described by the auction house as "the most significant golf club to ever reach our auction block - or perhaps any auction block".
With remarkable provenance from Palmer himself, the historic club is expected to sell for more than $25,000.
In 1964 Palmer won the Masters Tournament in spectacular fashion, claiming his 4th green jacket and the seventh (and final) Major Championship of his career.
He finished a clear six strokes ahead of the chasing pack, and Golf Digest recently described the emphatic nature of his victory: "It wasn't a golf tournament, it was a one-horse race, Secretariat running away with the Belmont."
It was Palmer's short game that helped him dominate that tournament, and his sealed the win in clinical style, with a 20 foot putt on the final hole at Augusta using this very putter.
In May 1980 Palmer kindly donated the putter to the New Plymouth Golf Club in New Zealand, and ever since it has been used as the trophy for the club's annual junior tournament dubbed The Arnold Palmer Tournament.
The putter is also accompanied by the original letter Palmer sent to the club, which reads in part:
"This particular putter is one that I used for two or three years in the middle 60s, during which time I was fortunate enough to add 12 or 13 tournament victories to my record, including the 1964 Masters Championship. I am not sure that I shouldn't have kept this one and tried it again at the present time."
The New Plymouth Golf Club is now offering the club to raise funds to maintain the championship status of its highly-regarded Ngamotu course.
Bidding in the Green Jacket Auctions Spring 2017 Sale closes on April 8.
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