Rory McIlroy’s dad, dad’s friends win $340K on 10-year-old bet
ASSOCIATED PRESS July 20, 2014 3:54PM
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (R) embraces his mother Rosie on the 18th green after McIlroy wins the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 20, 2014. McIlroy won the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake with a final round of 71. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman won with a seventeen under par total of 271, two strokes clear of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. Rory McIlroy joined the elite list of golfers to have won three of the four major titles at Hoylake on Sunday. At 25, McIlroy joined legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to have achieved that feat by the time they were 25 and he is the first European to have won three majors. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATESANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Updated: July 20, 2014 4:10PM
HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy was not the only winner at the British Open on Sunday.
The BBC said McIlroy’s father, Gerry, and three of Gerry’s friends placed a combined bet of 400 pounds (now $680) in 2004 on McIlroy winning the British Open before he turned 26.
McIlroy was 15 at the time of the wager and is now 25.
The odds were 500-1, so the syndicate looks to collect 200,000 pounds ($340,000) now that McIlroy has lifted the claret jug. He won by two strokes over Sergio Garcia and Ricky Fowler.