April 18, 2009

Antique putter found in garage

The wooden putter used to make the final winning shot in the 1939 British Open was found stored away in a garage in England, sources say.

The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that the club was used by English golfer Dick Burton at the 1939 tournament on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

Golfer Garry Bingham, 50, had gotten the club about 20 years ago, and stashed it away, not realizing its value, the newspaper reported.

The Telegraph said Burton gave the putter away to his aunt Ethel as an apology after he and her husband got drunk at her hotel.

Bingham reportedly inherited the club 20 years ago when Ethel died. The antique putter is believed to be worth more than $22,000.

I'm not after making money off it, that's not what it's about. I loved the golfing history and it's something I'm proud to have, Burton said. It's like having a piece of history. It's a real family heirloom.