Rory McIlroy was not the only winner yesterday after the 2014 British Open Championship. His father, Gerry McIlroy, placed a bet more than 10 years ago, in 2004, that his son would win the British Open Championship by the age of 25.
Rory is exactly 25 years old this year. His father placed $683 on the bet in 2004 that paid out 500-1 odds. The total won would be around $342,000.
His dad actually made the bet with 2 other friends, so his share of the winnings is actually less than the $340,000 but it is impressive nonetheless that he had that much faith in his son early on.
Of course, the real winner is Rory, who cashed in on a $1.66 million dollar first place prize for winning the Open Championship. What an amazing weekend for the McIlroy family.