Rory McIlroy carded a 66 on the opening round of The Open Championship on Thursday and what followed, along with talk of him winning a third major, was word of a bet which his father had made 10 years ago.
Gerry McIlroy and three other friends placed a bet of £400 that the young prodigy would win The Open before the age of 26.
So just to confirm - 10 yrs ago Gerry McIlroy & three friends put £400 at 500-1 on 15 year-old Rory to win The Open before he turned 26.
— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
This evening, Ladbrokes tweeted that they would be paying out 180K to Gerry McIlroy and friends who placed the bet.
CONGRATULATIONS RORY: We're paying out 180k to Rory's Dad and pals. There'll be some party at the McIlroy's tonight! pic.twitter.com/wOG7vvIygd
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) July 20, 2014
Here's Rory talking about the bet following his victory at Royal Liverpool.