15, 000 pound British Open club found in garageApril 18th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.18 (ANI): A wooden putter which was used to take the final winning shot in the 1939 British Open has been discovered dumped in a garage, reports The Telegraph.
Golfer Garry Bingham, 50, had stashed the club amid his clutter 20 years ago not realising its value.
English golfer Dick Burton is believed have used the club to sink the winning putt at The Open Championship in 1939, when it was played on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.
During the 1950s Burton gave the putter away to his aunt Ethel as an apology after he and her husband got drunk on whisky at her seaside hotel.
Garry inherited the club 20 years ago when Ethel died. He simply stowed the club in his garage where he lay forgotten for almost two decades.
Butron held the Open title for the longest time ever - from 1939 till after World War II. His antique putter is believed to be worth over 15,000 pounds. (ANI)
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