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By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
The putter Al Geiberger used to shoot the first 59 recorded on the PGA TOUR is staying in the PING Golf family. Last month, Geiberger auctioned off a large portion of his golf memorabilia through Green Jacket Auctions, including the clubs, putter and hat he wore during the historic round at the 1977 Memphis Classic.
While it's unclear who bought the clubs and hat, PING confirmed the PING Pal putter was already back at the company's headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz., after it was purchased for $7,222.
The putter will be displayed outside PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim's office in a trophy case alongside several other clubs, including a gold-plated version of Bubba Watson's Tour-S wedge (the wedge he used to hit the winning shot from the trees at the 2012 Masters), Louis Oosthuizen's S56 4-iron, and a replica of Angel Cabrera's i-Series 1/2 Craz-E putter from the 2009 Masters.
Samples of Al Geiberger's clubs being auctioned off (Green Jacket Auctions)
A piece of PGA TOUR history could be yours for the right price. Al Geiberger, the original "Mr. 59," is selling off a large portion of his golf memorabilia collection through Green Jacket Auctions — including the clubs he used to shoot the first 59 ever recorded on the PGA TOUR at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.
The clubs from the historic round include a Spalding Al Geiberger model driver, Top Flite 4-wood, Top Flite Legacy 2- and 3-iron, Spalding Al Geiberger model 4- through 9-iron, Wilson sand wedge, TopFlite wedge, and a ConSole wedge. Geiberger's PING Pal putter and hat he wore during the round are being auctioned off separately.
"Rather than have my most important memorabilia from my golf career gather dust in storage, I have decided to share it with the world," Geiberger wrote on his Facebook page. "Green Jacket Auctions is now looking for bidders to find a cherished home for some of my most significant artifacts. A good home is important to me."
Aside from the clubs from the historic round — which were going for over $4,500 at the time this article was published — Geiberger is also parting with the Wananmaker Trophy and gold medal he received for winning the 1966 PGA Championship, as well as the clubs and putter he used to win his only major championship.
Other equipment-related items include three sets of tournament used Spalding clubs from the 1970s and 1980s.
According to the website, Green Jacket Auctions flew to Palm Springs, Calif., where Geiberger resides, to shoot his collection "for the pilot episode of a new reality TV show based on Green Jacket Auctions. While we were there, Al Geiberger decided that rather than continuing to keep his collection packed away in a California storage facility, he felt that it was his duty to share his memorabilia with the world. Nothing was off limits to Green Jacket Auctions."