Arnold Palmer always had an affinity for the 13th hole at Augusta, playing the hole at 7-under par during his four Masters wins. One of his most memorable shots on 13 came during the 1958 Masters when Palmer launched a 3-wood and reached the green in two shots, leaving with a chance at eagle – he would make that one-putt by the way. Plamer would go on to win that 1958 Masters for his first green jacket.
Nobody understood the nuances and grandeur of Augusta National better than the King, and this hand-drawn sketch proves it 👑. https://t.co/BhodyXiFLW
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) April 13, 2018
On Thursday, Pure Golf Auctions began accepting bids on a variety of sports memorabilia. Including a hand-drawn – and signed – sketch of the 13th hole of Augusta National crafted by Palmer himself. The drawing shows players how to either A. Go for the green in two shots, or B. how to lay up in three shots.
The opening bid started at $750, but this morning the latest bid had already reached $1,330. The action house expects the piece will bring in an amount that is well into five figures. Last year, Palmer’s 1958 golf shoes went for $66,000 and the putter he used to win the 1967 Masters went for $97,000.
Tom Stewart, found of Pure Golf Auctions estimates the sketch could bring in $12,000-$15,000, but one never really knows.
“Just when I think I know the value of things, it surprises me what people will pay, especially for anything Arnold Palmer”. Stewart said via Golf Digest.
Stewart obtained the drawing in a purchase of 1,000 golf books for $1,000. Not surprising that most were worth nothing, but he found a diamond in the rough when he discovered Arnie’s sketch.
According to Stewart, the drawing itself is not only precise but also of top-quality seeing as Palmer was also a golf course architect.
Other items up for auction are a signed Tiger Woods staff bag which he used in the 2005 U.S. Open (opening bid $750) and an original U.S. Open program from the 1929 Open Championship at Winged Foot, won by Bobby Jones in a playoff (opening bid $3,000).
To enter to win any of these items as well as see all the other items up for auction, go to puregolfauctions.com. Bidding closes at 7PM on April 28th. Good Luck!