What bet did Rory McIlroy’s father make and win about a future Rory performance?

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Clue

He bet on Rory winning a specific tournament within a specific time frame.

Answer

Rory’s dad, Gerry, bet Rory would win the British Open within 10 years of the bet being placed. Rory was 15 at the time.

More interesting reading and links of interest

  • Ladbrokes offered Gerry McIlroy odds of 500-1 on the wager that Rory would win the Claret Jug by the year 2014. Rory won in 2014.
  • Gerry wagered £200 resulting in a £100,000 pay out.  Gerry (and Rory) were from a working class background and the size of the wager was a significant sum for Gerry.
  • Gerry and mum Rosie are credited with being a crucial influence on Rory’s success. He is glad now to be able to say “I’ll do whatever it takes to look after them.”
  • Rory won at Royal Liverpool, leading wire to wire. No doubt there were moments of doubt though, as both Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia made a run, eventually finishing 2 shots back.
  • The Telegraph wrote this article at the time, celebrating Rory's win and also his father's!
  • Details of the tournament itself can be found at the official site for The Open and in Wikipedia.