Who stole my golf ball?
By mustang6560 on 9/25/12
In anticipation of the 39th Ryder Cup, the Ryder Cup Magnificent Moments campaign decorated Michigan Avenue (in Chicago) with golf ball artwork.

The exhibit, which was designed to promote the biennial event at nearby Medinah Country Club, features 50 30 pound painted golf balls. Following the Ryder Cup, all 50 golf balls in the exhibit will be auctioned off to raise money for local charities. But, the campaign will only be able to sell 49 golf balls now since one of them was stolen last week.
A Ryder Cup golf ball artwork designed by a local artist and signed by actress Jenny McCarthy has been stolen from its North Michigan Avenue perch, according to police and a spokesman for the Ryder Cup Magnificent Moments campaign.

The display of about 50 oversize golf balls, each approximately 3 feet in diameter and decorated by the likes of the late LeRoy Neiman and other artists, lines Michigan Avenue in advance of the Ryder Cup, to be played this weekend at Medinah Country Club.

"We are upset about it, of course," exhibit spokesman Eric Schmidt said of the theft. "It's an empty spot, so we're certainly disappointed. We did everything to try and secure them as best we could.

"They weigh about 30 pounds, but it takes a little working to get them out of the base."
As a fan of the TV show "White Collar", I'm trying to image how Neil Caffrey, a fictional art thief, would steal a 30 pound golf ball that is secured to the ground in plain sight? The answer is he wouldn't because $5,000 is chump change.

It takes some cojones to steal a piece of artwork directly off of one of the busiest streets in the United States. One would think that a street like Michigan Avenue would be lined with cameras making it easy to catch the alleged thief(ves).

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[ comments ]
srogers13 says:
Maybe God hit his tee shot?
bobhooe says:
I admit it, the ball is now the crown jewel of my collection. Right next to my Jenny McCarthy signed playboy and Jenny McCarthy signed book that scientifically explains why I should stop having my kids vaccinated.
birdieXris says:
It takes a pair of 30lb balls to steal something like that in the first place. With that condition, why would you want another one?
mjaber says:
@bobhooe... no Jenny McCarthy life-size cardboard cutout?
Matt F says:
@mjaber...I'll wager that's in a "special room".
bobhooe says:
yes right next to the paper cut emergency kit
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