CHICAGO
09/25/2012 03:45 pm ET Updated Sep 25, 2012

Oversized Ryder Cup Golf Ball Stolen From Michigan Avenue (PHOTOS)

A three-foot tall golf ball on display in downtown Chicago in honor of the Ryder Cup's teeing off in suburban Medinah went missing over the weekend.

The Chicago Tribune reports that one of the approximately 50 of the oversized, 30-pound balls was stolen over the weekend from its perch atop a tee just north of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue.

The balls weigh about 30 pounds and are slated to be on display through Oct. 10, after which they auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and the Illinois PGA Foundation, according to NBC Chicago.

The stolen ball, depicting Chicago's iconic skyline and titled "Chicago's Best," was signed by local-native actress Jenny McCarthy and created by Jeff Budzban. The Tribune reports that it would have netted about $5,000 for charity at the auction.

"Whoever stole the ball literally shortchanged $5,000 from two deserving charities that support children in our area," Eric Schmidt, Ryder Cup Magnificent Moments executive director told ABC Chicago of the theft.

Police are currently reviewing surveillance video taken near the balls as an investigation is ongoing.

While the collection remained down one piece Tuesday, we caught a glimpse of some of the other balls on display.

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Ryder Cup Balls On Michigan Avenue

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