Rory McIlroy's British Open-winning golf ball up for auction

Rory McIlroy at the British Open
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By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | 12:05 a.m.
Rory McIlroy was obviously the big winner at the British Open, claiming his third major and a cool $1.67 million in prize money. Pretty soon, there might be another big winner – the guy who caught the ball that McIlroy flung into the stands at Royal Liverpool after he sank his final putt.
 
That guy, Lee Horner from Leeds, England, snagged the Nike RZN Black ball that McIlroy tossed, and has put it up for auction on GreenJacketAuctions.com.
 
The bidding began at $1,000, and is already up over $6,000. And seeing as how the auction doesn't end  until Aug. 9, it's surely headed much higher.
 
 
After all …
 
"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 asks. "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."
 
On the auction page, Green Jacket Auctions explains that "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."
 
The ball has been confirmed by Nike as the real deal, and contains a few very specific markings. It is stamped with McIlroy's nickname "Rors," and has a black dot underneath the Swoosh and a black aiming line through the words "RZN Black."