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Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one ball from his professional debut at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1996 sold for $186,000 during Heritage Auctions’ fall sports event this past weekend. © Provided by Golfweek
That should make Bob Gustin a happy man.
The Nekoosa, Wisconsin, resident came up with the ball when Woods tossed it into the crowd after his big shot on the 14th hole at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
He also got Woods to autograph the ball that day with the help of tournament director Tom Strong.
“Everyone knew that was a special piece,” Heritage sports consignment director Chris Nerat said. “How do you put a value on something like that?
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“It’s such a unique piece. He only had three hole-in-ones during his PGA career, and this was the first one in his pro debut. It’s a museum-caliber piece that is one of those once-in-a-generation. It’s never happened in the auction world that a golf ball has sold for that price. It was a special piece and got a special price, and we were very happy with the result.”
Tiger Woods poses for a photograph with his father and mother, Earl and Kultida Woods, on September 22, 1990. (Photo by: Ken Levine/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods watches his shot during the 1992 Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. (Gary Newkirk/Allsport)
1994 U.S. Amateur
Tiger Woods holds the trophy of victory after completing the U.S. Amateur at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Rusty Jarrett/Allsport)
Tiger Woods at the 1995 Masters, still as an amateur. (Steve Munday/ALLSPORT)
Tiger Woods gets his green jacket from '96 champ Nick Faldo, left, after winning his first title at Augusta National Golf Club. (Porter Binks/USA TODAY)
1999 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods after winning the 1999 PGA Championship (Golfweek files)
2000 British Open
Tiger Woods, on his way to winning, tees off on the 18th towards the clubhouse of the R&A during the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
2000 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
2000 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods in the third round on his way to winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. (Brian Spurock/USA TODAY Sports)
Tiger Woods gives a thumbs up after receiving the green jacket for winning the 2002 Masters. (Tim Dillon/USA TODAY)
2002 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods on the 18th green after winning the U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (Stephen Schmitt/The Journal News via USA TODAY NETWORK)
Phil Mickelson helps 2005 winner Tiger Woods into his fourth green jacket at the Masters. (Jack Gruber/USA TODAY)
2005 British Open
Tiger Woods lifts the Claret Jug after winning the 2005 British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. (Pete Fontaine/WireImage)
2006 British Open
Tiger Woods reacts as he walks off the 18th green with his caddie, Steve Williams, after winning the British Open at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. It was Woods' first victory after the death of his father, Earl Woods. (AP/Alessia Pierdomenica)
2007 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 89th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
2008 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods celebrates a birdie putt on the 18th hole of regulation that sent him to a playoff against Rocco Mediate, which Woods won the next day at Torrey Pines in San Diego. (AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods celebrates after making a putt on the 18th green to win the 2019 Masters. (Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
Tiger Woods celebrates with daughter Sam and son Charlie after winning the Masters. (Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
2017 Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany in the Bahamas. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
1997 with Fluff
Tiger Woods with caddie Fluff Cowan during the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
2015 in Scottsdale
Tiger Woods on the driving range prior to a practice round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
1996 Jack Nicklaus award
Tiger Woods shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus after receiving the Jack Nicklaus College Player of the Year award. (Golfweek files)
2013 with Arnie
Tiger Woods jokes with Arnold Palmer after winning the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
2020 with son Charlie
Tiger Woods and son Charlie Woods high-five after a birdie on the ninth hole during the first round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club on December 19, 2020 in Orlando. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods presents Dustin Johnson with the green jacket after winning the 2020 Masters at Augusta National. (Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
2012 Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods laughs as he talks to Fred Couples at the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (Golfweek files)
2013 back pain
AUGUST 2013: Tiger Woods battles through back pain to finish his final round of The Barclays. He was able to finish the 2013 PGA Tour season. (Golfweek files)
2016 at Stanford
Tiger Woods at a Stanford basketball game against California in 2005. (Golfweek files)
2021 as host
Max Homa poses with the trophy with event host Tiger Woods following Homa's playoff victory in the 2021 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
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Sergio Garcia backed LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman following Tiger Woods saying that Norman "has to go" in order for the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to have an amicable relationship. © Tracy Wilcox/PGA Tour via Getty Images Tiger Woods during a press conference prior to the Hero World Challenge at Albany on Nov. 29, 2022 in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images READ ON THE FOX NEWS APP "I think Greg has to go, first of all," Woods said Tuesday. "And then obviously the litigation against us, and then our countersuit against them. Those would then have to be at a stay as well.
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Phil Mickelson won't be part of 'The Match' after joining LIV Golf .
Mickelson was a key component of 'The Match' and competed four times but according to the event's executive producer Bryan Zuriff, Mickelson will not be involved in the event in the future.The six-time major champion was a key component of 'The Match' and competed in the high-stakes event four times.