BETHESDA, Md. -- Forget father knows best.
They transposed a couple of letters.
More like father knows bets.
According to a report published Monday in a U.K. newspaper, Gerry McIlroy stands to make a small fortune along with some friends if his son, Rory, wins the British Open by 2014.
The elder McIlroy, who worked three jobs at one point to help fund his son's blossoming career placed a wager with three friends, each putting up 100 pounds at odds of 500-1 that McIlroy, then 15, would win the British title within the next decade. Gerry stands to make 200,000 pounds for his share from the bet, placed seven years ago.
The new world No. 4 set or matched 12 U.S. Open records with his runaway win on Sunday.
McIlroy has held at least a share of the lead at the past three majors contested and won Sunday at Congressional Country Club in wire-to-wire fashion.
The Las Vegas Hilton on Monday listed McIlroy as the favorite next month at British Open site Royal St. George's at 6-1. Lee Westwood is 10-1 and Tiger Woods and world No. 1 Luke Donald re both 15-1.
Gerry McIlroy was on hand at Congressional all week to watch his son, now 22, become the youngest U.S. Open winner in 88 years.