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Rory McIlroy's British Open Championship ball sells for $52k

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Rory McIlroy celebrates his 2014 Open Championship win at Royal Liverpool by throwing a "RORS" printed ball into the gallery.

Rory McIlroy is making bank this year. He won the PGA Championship yesterday, and less than a month ago, he won $1.6 million at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. And that ball he threw out to the crowd after claiming the Open? It’s making money too.

Green Jacket Auctions sought out and paid Lee Horner, the man who caught that ball, for the Nike RZN Black.

In an interview with ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Green Jacket Auctions co-founder Ryan Carey said the ball sold early Sunday morning after receiving bids from 22 different people from across the world. The buyer will remain anonymous, but the price isn’t: the “RORS” engraved ball sold for $52,038.65.

Did anyone see if McIlory threw another after his win at Valhalla? After that sale, a lot of people would have liked him to.

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