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Father knows bet: Dad to cash in on Rory win
According to the BBC's Andrew Cotter, 10 years ago Rory McIlroy's father Gerry and three friends made a legal bet of £400 (£100 each) that the then-15-year-old would win the Open Championship by the age of 26.
On Sunday, the Northern Irishman will be 25 years, two months and 16 days old, meaning his father and friends would collect £200,000. Though the bet actually stipulated that the younger McIlroy would win by the time he was 25, Cotter confirmed that even though McIlroy's birthday has passed, the wager still counts as he has not yet turned 26.
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
McIlroy won his first major, the US Open, at the age of 22 and followed that up with his second major at the PGA Championship the following year. He went winless in majors in 2013, but is poised to take the third leg of the grand slam on Sunday with a six-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler at Royal Liverpool.
It's just another reason for the father and former barman to be very proud and thankful for his son's golfing talent.
This article originally appeared on ESPN.com