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    One of two created for the Open Champion!

    1995 British Open Championship Player-Format Claret Jug Made for John Daly.
    With his massive drives and his reputation for carousing, "Long John" Daly earned comparisons to iconic ballplayer Babe Ruth during his decorated but checkered career, claiming eighteen PGA Tour victories, inclusive of two Majors. Presented is the ultimate symbol of the second of those Majors, earned upon the hallowed grounds of the Old Course at St. Andrews after a four-hole playoff necessitated by Costantino Rocca's miraculous sixty-five-foot birdie put to tie on the seventy-second and final hole of regulation.

    The playoff round would prove anticlimactic after Rocca's Hail Mary on seventy-two, as the Italian would triple-bogey the penultimate playoff hole to remove any doubt of the result. The victory at St. Andrews would effectively mark the end of Daly's prime, as his alcoholism would become so problematic that he'd drop out of the 1997 US Open with the shakes.

    So this gorgeous silver prize stands as a closing bookend of sorts for one of the sport's great talents and cautionary tales. As any serious golf collector is aware, the Claret Jug that symbolizes the British Open Championship is a perpetual trophy, with personal trophies a scaled-down replica of that famous hardware.

    This is one of two produced for Daly by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club's official silversmith Nicolas Winton. Daly personally tweeted about this example when it first sold in 2016, writing, "Just to let everyone know I still have my CLARET JUG xtra 1 thought was going to b donated to St Andrews museum."

    We stress to interested parties that there is no ownership controversy today, and that this is indeed the one and only Daly Claret Jug available to the collecting public, as Daly hashtagged his tweet, "#nevergiveupmy2majortrophies."

    The design is instantly recognizable to the most casual golf fan, an intricately engraved sterling silver masterpiece of design which records the earliest champions on the body of the jug, and the subsequent champions on three bands that encircle the bakelite base. It measures twelve and a half inches (12.5") in height, and weighs two and a half pounds (2.5 lbs.). Nearly pristine condition, housed in original silk and velvet-lined display case. LOA from Green Jacket.






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