Rory McIlroy’s British Open win paid off a big bet for his father.
Rory McIlroy’s win on the weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better known as the Uk Open) ended up being huge for the young golfer’s job. It was his third major championship, making him only the 3rd player to win three majors by the age of 25, joining a few guys you may have heard about: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may even have been larger for McIlroy’s father and a couple of his friends.
Whenever McIlroy putted out on the 18th green at Hoylake, he fulfilled a bet that had been made by his father Gerry and two friends over about ten years ago. In 2004, Gerry McIlroy placed a bet on their son, then 15 years old, to win the open that is british the time he was 25 (or put another way, before he switched 26).
Ladbrokes was thrilled to take the £200 ($341) bet, and even gave the elder McIlroy 500-1 odds. After all, as talented as young Rory could be, he had been a long distance of from being capable of winning one of many planet’s golf tournaments that are biggest.
McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity
But a funny thing took place over the decade that is next. McIlroy didn’t just become a professional golfer, but he became probably the player that is best of his generation. Soon he was a threat that is perennial win the Open, and those 500-1 were looking extremely generous. Still, going into the other day’s tournamen…