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McIlroy's dad wins $200,000 on 10-year bet on British Open victory

Rory McIlroy's father Gerry has cashed in a cool  £100,000 (S$212,000) after his son's two-stroke victory at the British Open over the weekend.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes said in a news release that Gerry had placed £200 on a 500-1 bet on his son a decade ago to land the coveted Claret Jug within 10 years.

“Although we’re facing heavy losses we can’t help but admire the foresight of Rory’s dad and his pals a decade ago,” said a spokesperson for the British bookmakers.

Two friends of Rory’s father also collected nearly £80,000 pounds from a similar wager.

“They are all going to be very happy,” said McIlroy junior.

“My dad has never reminded me but I knew he’d done it – it’s a nice little bonus.”

For the record, the younger McIlroy earned  £975,000 for the victory and has won more than US$40million in career earnings. -- Reuters

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