UPDATE: House McIlroy comes out on top in this British Open, as son Rory's first Open championship earned dad Gerry a big sum of money.
CONGRATULATIONS RORY: We're paying out 180k to Rory's Dad and pals. There'll be some party at the McIlroy's tonight! pic.twitter.com/wOG7vvIygd— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) July 20, 2014
Original story: Well this certainly makes Sunday at the British Open more intriguing.
According to Andrew Cotter of BBC Rory McIlroy's dad and two of his friends put $683 (I did the math here) on Rory McIlroy to win the British Open by the age of 25 at 500-1 odds.
They did it in 2004.
So just to confirm - 10 yrs ago Gerry McIlroy & three friends put £400 at 500-1 on 15 year-old Rory to win The Open before he turned 26.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
Yes, it was by the age of 25. So I asked the man himself. This year still counts.— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) July 19, 2014
So we're looking at a $342,000 payout on Sunday if McIlroy, who leads by six over Rickie Fowler, cruises home.
That's nothing compared to what McIlroy himself stands to make ($1.2 million) but it's still a gutsy pick.