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Rory McIlroy’s dad a record breaker too - with £100,000 bet payout

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

Rory McIlroy celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club

The wager placed on Rory McIlroy winning The Open before he turned 26 has produced one of the biggest known payouts on a father-son bet.

Gerry McIlroy staked £200, at odds of 500/1, in December 2004 that Rory would win golf’s greatest prize within 10 years. Yesterday, a Ladbrokes’ spokeswoman confirmed the £100,000 windfall.

“Before that it was Lewis Hamilton’s dad, friends and family who placed wagers for Lewis to win the driver’s championship and that cost us £125,000 – placed when Lewis was just nine-years-old.”

She added: “A friend of Gerry’s placed a bet in 2005, at 250/1, for Rory to win The Open before he was 50, that has returned £50,000.”

Similar bets by two other friends brought the total Ladbrokes’ payout to £180,000.

 

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