Golf

McIlroy's ball sells for R555k

2014-08-11 11:12
Rory McIlroy (AFP)

Cape Town - Three weeks after the ball Rory McIlroy used to win The Open Championship was placed on the auction block, a golf memorabilia collector purchased the ball on Sunday for $52 038.

According to the PGA Tour website, McIlroy threw the Nike RZN Black ball he used to win his third major championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the stands, where it was caught by Lee Horner of Leeds, England.

After holding onto the ball for a several days, Horner decided to sell it.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the $52 038 paid for the McIlroy ball is the second-highest for a golf ball after the $55 865 that was paid in April 2011 for a Bobby Jones autographed ball.

A total of 45 bids were placed by 22 different bidders from across the world.  

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