RORY MCILROY’S FATHER, Gerry, reportedly made a £100 pound wager that his son will win the British Open before he turns 25.
It doesn’t seem like much, until you realize that he placed the bet before his son became a star on the world golf scene.
The odds? 500-to-1.
The Belfast Telegraph claims another gambler, also from Rory’s home town of Hollywood, Northern Ireland, had a similar 500-to-1 bet on Rory to win any major by age 25.
He beat that challenge by three years this weekend and the punter took in a cool £25,000 pounds. Even if he doesn’t win the The Open this year, his dad has a couple more chances to cash in.
If either of them tried to make that bet today, the best odds they could hope for are about 6/1. As CNBC’s Darren Rovell reported yesterday, McIlroy’s dominant US Open win has forced bookmakers to slash all the odds on him from here on out. It will be years before anyone gets single digits odds on McIlroy again.
Rovell also says that bookmakers across Ireland got crushed by McIlroy’s victory.