Rory McIlroy’s British Open win paid off a bet that is big his father.
Rory McIlroy’s win this weekend at the 2014 Open Championship (perhaps better called the open that is british had been huge for the young golfer’s profession. It was their 3rd major championship, making him only the third player to win three majors by age 25, joining a couple of guys it’s likely you have been aware of: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may have been even bigger for McIlroy’s father and a few of their friends.
Whenever McIlroy putted out on the 18th green at Hoylake, he fulfilled a bet that had been made by their father Gerry and two friends over a decade ago. In 2004, Gerry McIlroy placed a bet on their son, then 15 years old, to win the British Open by the time he had been 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 world’s golf tournaments that are biggest.
McIlroy Covers Bet on Final Opportunity
But a funny thing took place within the decade that is next. McIlroy didn’t just develop into a professional golfer, but he became perhaps 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, headi