Rory McIlroy's Open Championship ball up for auction at Green Jacket

The ball Rory McIlroy used in the final round of his Open Championship victory is selling at Green Jacket Auctions, with bidding at $5,053.

The company put out an appeal for the ball on Twitter after he launched it in the direction of the crowd, offering the finder $10,000.

McIlroy ball auction
McIlroy threw the ball into the crowd after winning the Open Championship

It was caught by Lee Horner, who told ESPN: "When Rory threw the ball, it hit me in the hand and then fell down. There was a kerfuffle, but I managed to get it and hold it in the air and the crowd went crazy."

Ryan Carey, co-founder of the auction house told the sports news site: "We're not aware of any ball from a major championship that has ever been offered to the public before.

"No one collects tournament-used golf balls because it's a category that doesn't really exist."

Bidding ends on August 9.

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