Rory McIlroy Won’t Sign Center Of Masters Flag … Until He Wins

We all have our own habits or superstitions, especially when it comes to sports. Golfers are no different. From Tiger Woods wearing red on Sundays to Ernie Els using one golf ball per birdie, the list goes on. But players also have their superstitions when it comes to signing memorabilia. 

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One of the most notable comes from Rory McIlroy. According to Ryan Carey of Green Jacket Auctions and star of Back9Network’s “Golf Treasures“, McIlroy refuses to sign a Masters flag in the center until he wins his own green jacket.

This may have come on the hands of his collapse at Augusta in 2011, where he blew a four-stroke lead on Sunday.

In 2015, however, he’ll be playing for more than just a green jacket. Coming off of a year in which he won two major championships, McIlroy will look to complete the career grand slam at Augusta — a feat only five other players have accomplished.


McIlroy’s not the only one with a story like this, though. Phil Mickelson has a superstition that may come as a surprise for some: He doesn’t sign golf balls. However, there’s a catch.

When he does sign them, they’re worth substantially more than other autographed items. For example, a signed golf ball could be worth $2,000 while other items “aren’t worth more than $100,” according to Carey.


Some other signing tendencies include Fuzzy Zoeller only signing in red ink (shown below), while Larry Mize usually adds a biblical quote to his signature.


For more incredible stories about rare golf memorabilia, be sure to tune in to “Golf Treasures” on Back9Network, Mondays 9 p.m. EST — DIRECTV channel 262.


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