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 known as the open that is british ended up being huge for the young golfer’s career. It was their 3rd major championship, making him just the 3rd player to win three majors by age 25, joining a couple of guys you might have heard of: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may have been also larger for McIlroy’s daddy and a few of his buddies.
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 their son, then 15 years of age, to win the British Open by the time he had been 25 (or put another way, before he switched 26).
Ladbrokes was happy to take the £200 ($341) bet, and even gave the elder McIlroy 500-1 odds. After all, as talented as young Rory may be, he was a long way of from being capable of winning one of the world’s golf tournaments that are biggest.
McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity
But a funny thing occurred 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 incredibly generous. Still, heading into last week’s tournament, McIlroy on Continuar lendo Rory McIlroy Win Pays off Ten-Year-Old Bet for His Daddy