On Sunday, July 20 on the 18th green of Royal Liverpool Golf
Club, Rory McIlroy tapped in his putt to win the 2014 Open Championship. As
millions watched on television across the globe, Rory retrieved his ball from
the cup and proceeded to throw it into the jubilant gallery.
Offered here is that ball. The actual ball that Rory McIlroy
holed out with to become, as they say in Britain, "Champion Golfer of the
Like those watching on television last week, we too watched
in astonishment as Rory chucked that Hall of Fame-worthy ball into the crowd.
But we went a step further. We immediately took to Twitter to tell our loyal
followers, as well as several prominent sportswriters, that we had a mission for
them: Find. That. Ball.
And they did! We quickly learned about the gentleman who
caught the ball, Lee Horner of Leeds, England, and began negotiations to obtain
it for our auction.
Without further ado, here is Rory McIlroy's custom Nike RZN
Black "RORS" golf ball which he used on the 72nd hole at Hoylake. Accompanying
this ball is a screen shot of television footage of our consignor just after he
caught the ball, a widely circulated photo of our consignor showing off the ball
outside the Open Championship pavilion (we also have another version of this
photo that no one has seen, which we are intentionally not publishing here),
another photo of our consignor and his buddies earlier in the day at the 2014
Open Championship, and a letter of provenance from our consignor attesting to
the ball's authenticity and the story of how he caught the ball. We have also
included some incredible images of Rory McIlroy with this ball during the Open.
How many chances will a collector have in their entire life
to obtain the actual ball used to win a Major Championship? 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....
**NIKE CONFIRMS!! ESPN's Darren Rovell reached out
to Nike Golf Spokesperson Beth Gast, who has confirmed the ball's authenticity!
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