Rory McIlroy's British Open win could also pay off big for dad, thanks to an old bet
Jul 19, 2014 at 3:28p ET
Isn't there a point when most every dad has the utmost confidence in his kid's talent?
There might not be a better example than Rory McIlroy's father — and it's on the verge of being rewarded, to see multiple reports tell it.
You see, when McIlroy was a teen prodigy, his dad, Gerry, and some friends decided to pool some money together — 400 pounds, or nearly $700 — and got 500-1 odds that McIlroy could win the British Open before age 26.
That could pay off big. Like, about $340,000 big. Sure, the money pales in comparison to 25-year-old McIlroy's would-be first-place check of about $1.67 million, but the bragging rights seem nearly as steep.
Andrew Cotter of BBC was one of the media members to catch up on the news:
So just to confirm - 10 yrs ago Gerry McIlroy & three friends put £400 at 500-1 on 15 year-old Rory to win The Open before he turned 26.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
Yes, it was by the age of 25. So I asked the man himself. This year still counts.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
Brian Keogh of Irish Golf Desk had some info on the matter as well:
It just adds a little more drama to Sunday's finish — which could use every bit of suspense available, given McIlroy's six-shot lead over Rickie Fowler.
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