Rory McIlroy's Dad Won $171,000 On 10-Year-Old Bet That Son Would Win British Open

  • Rick Chandler

So Gerry McIlroy, Rory’s dad, got a little cheeky with the family checking account back in 1994. That was when Rory was 15 — and although the kid was good, what father bets a large chunk of cash on a teenager winning the British Open one day?

The elder McIlroy put down 200 pounds (about $342 at today’s exchange rate) at 500-1 with Ladbrokes that his son would win the British Open before his 26th birthday. Today that became a payout of $171,000, as Rory went wire-to-wire to beat Sergio Garcia by two strokes. No doubt it was celebrated at a British pub, or ten.

Meet you all at The World’s End at 2 a.m.

Two of Gerry McIlroy’s friends also put down bets on Rory that day in ’94, and split $136,700 between them.

Bloody madness.