After Rory McIlroy finished on the 18th hole and won the Open Championship at Hoylake last month, he threw his ball into the crowd in celebration.
There to catch that ball was Englishman Lee Horner who wisely took the ball to an auctioneer and cosigned it to them to sell.
And sell they did.
This morning, the ball netted the second highest price for a golf ball by Green Jacket Auctions. A collector paid $52,038 for McIlroy’s championship ball while the most ever collected came in April 2011 for a Bobby Jones autographed ball at $55,865.
The ball was authenticated by Nike as they confirmed the ball with “RORS” printed on it did indeed belong to McIlroy. They had 22 bidders from all over the world after the ball but there was only one lucky winner. Green Jacket Auctions didn’t disclose the identity of the buyer but did say it was an American.