Rory McIlroy’s British Open win paid off a big bet for his father.
Rory McIlroy’s win this weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better called the open that is british was huge for the young golfer’s career. It had been their third major championship, making him only the 3rd player to win three majors by the age of 25, joining a couple of guys you may have heard of: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may have been even larger for McIlroy’s daddy and a couple of their friends.
When McIlroy putted away 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 his son, then 15 yrs . old, to win the open that is british the time he had been 25 (or put another way, before he turned 26).
Ladbrokes was pleased to take the £200 ($341) bet, and even gave the elder McIlroy odds that are 500-1. After all, as talented as young Rory might be, he was a long way of from being capable of winning among the earth’s golf tournaments that are biggest.
McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity
But a funny thing took place throughout the decade that is next. McIlroy didn’t just turn into a professional golfer, but he became possibly the best player of his generation. Soon he was a threat that is perennial win the Open, and those 500-1 were looking extremely generous. Still, heading into last week’s tour Læs videre “Rory McIlroy Win Pays off Ten-Year-Old Bet for Their Daddy”