Giant golf ball stolen from Muirfield Village

Muirfield Village
This golf ball sculpture was stolen from just outside the gates of Muirfield Village on Monday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 | 3:19 p.m.

Thieves have until Sunday to return an oversized golf ball and tee to the folks at Muirfield Village -- site of the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament and last week's Presidents Cup -- or else.

Columbus Dispatch writer Randy Ludlow reports that Dublin police announced an amnesty offer Tuesday after the giant golf ball, decorated with the Memorial Tournament logo, disappeared on Monday.

Ludlow writes, "The stand, tee and ball are about 5 1/2 feet tall and weigh more than 200 pounds. The ball is 3 feet wide. Suffice it to say, no one stuffed it into his or her pocket."

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Dublin police say no questions will be asked, and no charges filed, if the $2,500 sculpture is returned, undamaged, before midnight Saturday. After that time, those responsible will face felony charges.

Ludlow's report also states that 18 of these golf-ball sculptures, "sold for $1,500 each to sponsors who then paid artists to decorate them for the '18 Drives Through Dublin' public art exhibit that began before the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

"The giant golf balls are scheduled to remain on display throughout Dublin until June 2014, after next year’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village is completed."

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.