Rory McIlroy’s British Open win paid off a big bet for their father.
Rory McIlroy’s win on the weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better called the Uk Open) was huge for the young golfer’s profession. It was his 3rd championship that is major making him only the third player to win three majors by the age of 25, joining a couple of guys it’s likely you have heard about: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may even have been larger for McIlroy’s father and a few of his friends.
Whenever McIlroy putted down 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 British Open by the time he was 25 (or put another way, before he switched 26).
Ladbrokes was very happy to take the £200 ($341) bet, and even gave the elder McIlroy odds that are 500-1. After all, as talented as young Rory could be, he was a long distance of from being capable of winning among the planet’s golf tournaments that are biggest.
McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity
But a funny thing occurred over the next decade. McIlroy didn’t just become a professional golfer, but he became perhaps the player that is best of his generation. Soon he was a perennial risk to win the Open, and those 500-1 were looking extremely generous. Still, heading into last week’s tournamen […]