July 28, 2014
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy throws his Nike ball into the stands at Royal Hoylake. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
How much would you pay to own a piece of golf history from Rory McIlroy's historic win at The Open Championship? More specifically, the ball McIlroy used to become only the third player in golf history to win three different major championships -- joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods -- by the age of 25.
Instead of holding onto the Nike RZN Black ball he used to take down the field at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, McIlroy hurled it into the stands, where it was caught by Lee Horner of Leed, England.
After holding onto the ball for a few weeks, Horner decided to sell the ball to Green Jacket Auctions — the same auction house that sold Ben Hogan's 1953 MacGregor irons, and the clubs Al Geiberger used to to shoot the first 59 ever recorded on the PGA TOUR.
The Nike ball was documented by Green Jacket Auctions and put up for auction on July 23 -- the auction ends August 9 -- with a starting bid of $1,000. In less than a week, the listing has already received 14 bids, as of Monday morning, with a high bid of $3,137.
"How many chances will a collector have in their entire life to obtain the actual ball used to win a Major Championship?" Green Jacket Auctions said on its website. "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; yet here it is."
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