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 open that is british had been huge for the young golfer’s career. It had been his 3rd major championship, making him just the 3rd player to win three majors by the age of 25, joining a few guys it’s likely you have heard about: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
But the win may have been also larger for McIlroy’s daddy and a few of their friends.
Whenever 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 a decade 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 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 may be, he was a long way of from being capable of winning one of the world’s biggest golf tournaments.
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 perhaps the player that is best of his generation. Soon he had been a threat that is perennial win the Open, and those 500-1 were looking incredibly generous. Still, going into last week’s Continue reading