20 Jul '14, 1am

Golf Buzz: 10 years ago, Rory McIlroy's dad bet that Rory would win #TheOpen within a decade: #golf

Golf Buzz: 10 years ago, Rory McIlroy's dad bet that Rory would win #TheOpen within a decade: #golf

If Rory McIlroy goes ahead and wins the Open Championship on Sunday, he'll pocket a cool $1.67 million. And his dad and three of his friends will split a fairly substantial prize of their own. No, there isn't a paternal payoff clause in the Open regulations. Gerry McIlroy's reward would stem from his belief in his son's golf talents a decade ago. COMPLETE COVERAGE: Follow the Open Championship along with us all week According to reports in the British media, Mr. McIlroy and three of his friends strolled into a betting shop in their hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland, when Rory was a 15-year-old prodigy. They wagered £400 – £100 each – that the youngster would win the Open sometime in the next 10 years – before he turned 26. Guess how old Rors is now? Well, he was born May 4, 1989, which makes him – 25 years old. So, £400 at 500-to-1 odds comes out to £200,000. And £200...

Full article: http://www.pga.com/news/golf-buzz/dad-stands-cash-in-if-r...

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