HOW would you like the chance to own a piece of (recent) golfing history – Rory McIlroy’s winning ball from the 2014 British Open.
After sinking his Championship-winning putt at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy launched his Nike RZN Black Ball into the crowd and it was caught by Englishman Lee Horner.
Eagle-eyed dealers at Green Jacket Auctions were quick to spot the Northern Irishman’s actions and realising the significance of the memorabilia, took to Twitter to find the person who caught the ball, offering to pay them $10,000.
Horner was made aware of the search for his shiny new golf ball through a friend.
But rather than settle for $10,000, Horner gambled and consigned the ball to the auction, where he will pay 15% of the final bid price in commission to the auction house.
Green Jacket Auctions describes the item as “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’”.
Nike has confirmed authenticity of the ball, which has a dot below the swoosh, a line through the model label and the moniker “RORS” stamped on it.
Since being listed last Wednesday, the lot has already attracted a highest bid of $5,053.
The Auction is open until August 9.
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