A golf ball Tiger Woods gave to a young fan during the final round of his victorious 1997 Masters tournament has sold for $64,124, auction house Golden Age Auctions said Sunday.
Woods bogeyed the fifth hole and handed the ball to Julian Nexsen, who was 9 at the time. Bidding for the Titleist ball, which has “Tiger” stamped on it, began at $500 when Nexsen put it up for auction on March 27, the auction site said.
Woods, then 21, won the first of his 15 major titles in stunning fashion at the 1997 Masters with a record margin of 12 strokes and became the youngest golfer to triumph at Augusta National.
“Unless Tiger himself or his caddie Fluff intentionally saved a ball from this historic final round (which we doubt), this may be the only confirmed golf ball from the final round of Tiger Woods’ first major championship victory,” Golden Age Auctions said.