The putter the late Arnold Palmer used to clinch victory in the 1964 Masters is selling at Green Jacket Auctions.
The tournament is considered by many to be Palmer’s finest hour.
It was the last of his seven Major victories.
He played a blistering four rounds to finish -12, six strokes ahead of the competition. His final putt, from 20 feet away, and in typically knock-kneed style, is one of the game's great moments.
Palmer celebrates his 1964 Masters win
Palmer (1929-2016) gave the putter to the New Plymouth Golf Club of New Zealand in 1980.
It has been the trophy for the club’s junior tournament ever since, but is now being consigned to ensure the future of the course.
Palmer’s original note to the club is included in the lot: "This particular putter is one that I used for two or three years in the middle 60s, during which time I was fortunate enough to add 12 or 13 tournament victories to my record, including the 1964 Masters Championship.
“I am not sure that I shouldn't have kept this one and tried it again at the present time."
Bidding stands at $25,939 ahead of the April 8 close date and could easily break $100,000.
Palmer’s death last year has galvanised his memorabilia market, as fans seek to secure their own piece of golfing history.
Recently the shoes he wore in winning the 1958 Masters achieved $66,000 at Heritage Auctions, more than four times the $15,000 estimate.
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