Rory McIlroy Profit Pays off Ten-Year-Old Bet for His Dad

Rory McIlroy Profit Pays off Ten-Year-Old Bet for His Dad

Rory McIlroy’s British Open win paid off a bet that is big his father.

Rory McIlroy’s win this weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better called the British Open) had been huge for the young golfer’s job. It was their third major championship, making him just the third player to win three majors by age 25, joining a couple of guys you may have been aware of: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

But the win may even have been larger for McIlroy’s dad and a few of his buddies.

When McIlroy putted down on the 18th green at Hoylake, he fulfilled a bet that had been made by their father Gerry and two friends over about ten years ago. In 2004, Gerry McIlroy placed a bet on his son, then 15 years of age, to win the British Open by the time he had been 25 (or put another way, before he switched 26).

Ladbrokes was happy to take the £200 ($341) bet, and even gave the elder McIlroy 500-1 odds. After all, as talented as young Rory may be, he was a long way of from being capable of winning one of the world’s biggest golf tournaments.

McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity

But a funny thing took place within the decade that is next. McIlroy didn’t just develop into a professional golfer, but he became possibly the player that is best of his generation. Soon he had been a threat that is perennial win the Open, and those 500-1 were looking incredibly generous. Still, heading into last week’s tournament, McIlroy justContinue reading