McIlroy's dad cashes in on son's British Open victory with 10-year-old bet

McIlroy's dad cashes on in son's British Open victory with 10-year-old bet

Gerry McIlroy (right, playing with son Rory during a pro-am last month in Ireland) put down 200 pounds in 2004 that Rory would win the British Open before he turned 26.

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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 going to be rewarded, a United Kingdom retail bookmaker said Sunday via its Twitter account.

You see, when McIlroy was a teen prodigy, his dad, Gerry, and some friends decided to pool some money together -- and got 500-1 odds that McIlroy could win the British Open before age 26.

That paid off big, as confirmed by Ladbrokes.

Sure, the money pales in comparison to McIlroy's first-place check of about $1.67 million, but the bragging rights seem nearly as steeped.

On Saturday, a Ladbrokes spokesperson told ESPN that McIlroy's father was part of a 200-pound bet in 2004 at those 500-1 odds; at $341 in U.S. dollars at the time, that's going to pay $171,000; another 400 pounds in bets placed in 2004 by friends of Gerry McIlroy will pay $136,700.

It just added a little more drama to Sunday's victory.


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