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