When Rory McIlroy was 15 years old, he was already showing signs of becoming the next great European golfer. He helped the European team win the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004 and went on to win a number of amateur titles. His father, Gerry, decided to put some money on the young phenom. Gerry McIlroy and a group of three friends put money on Rory to win the British Open before the age of 26. McIlroy, who has won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, turned 25 in May.
Via the Irish Golf Desk:
"We put the bet on when he was 15. They would only let us lay £400 — £100 each. But the bookies are [getting to know] Rory since he made the cut in the Mastercard Masters in Australia last year"
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Fast forward 10 years, and Rory McIlroy is a British Open champion. He held off Sergio Garcia on Sunday at Royal Liverpool to win wire-to-wire.
Gerry McIlroy and his friends will cash in for £200,000 pounds, or about $85,400 per person. McIlroy, who got a huge hug from his dad after walking off the 18th green, said in his post-round press conference that "the other 3 men that he did that with, they're going to be very happy."