Missing golf ball sculpture returned, but damaged

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City of Dublin
This golf ball sculpture went missing last week, but was returned on Saturday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 | 8:54 a.m.

There's finally somewhat of a happy ending in the odd case of the 200-pound golf ball sculpture that went missing near the entrance to Muirfield Village last Monday -- the day after the famous course hosted the Presidents Cup.

If you remember, immunity was offered to those responsible for the theft provided they return the missing golf ball -- undamaged -- by midnight this past Saturday.

According to a report by 10TV.com in Ohio, the ball was returned late Saturday morning... but not without some damage. The ball had a foot-long crack and scratches.

In the report, 10TV.com said that Dublin Police discovered the ball at the 8200 block of Dublin Road. The City's community relations director said the city will pay to have the ball repaired.

The art work is worth about $2,500.

A second ball was also stolen last week, but was returned.

There's still no word on whether those responsible have been apprehended.

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