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Golf's most unusual trophies

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Most people take pride in their trophies, displaying them proudly on the mantelpiece. But some of golf's title winners may feel theirs is best left in the attic.

Or even the kitchen, if you happen to win the Dubai desert classic. The winner is awarded what is essentially an oversized teapot. Others have likened it to a genie's lamp. I'm sure the designer wished he hadn't watched I Dream Of Genie before bed.

In fact, the next trophy could be kept in the kitchen as well, as winners of the Moroccan Open receive a gem-encrusted dagger. The blade,  which requires special permission by the Moroccan Royal Family to fly with, seems more trouble than it's worth. On the other hand, it could be useful for cutting onions.

The far east seems to love their crazy trophies and they keep that trend going with the Qatar masters trophy. The winner receives a giant - and we mean giant - clam. It wasn't fished out after a poor shot, but rather crafted from gold, complete with a proportionally sized pearl. Perhaps a golf ball would've worked better.

Sometimes in life, it's best to keep things simple. In this case, not so. For the victor of the Pon Senior Open, after their trials and tribulations, is, without any ambiguity, as piece of burnt wood with a golf ball stuck in it. Classy.

Nelson Mandela was a great man. Apparently he was also a golf fan, which is why a European Tour event is named after him. Also bearing his name is the trophy awarded to winners. Sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Children's fund, the ceramic trophy shows the late South African reading to a group of kids. Maybe they're reading Tiger Wood's autobiography?

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